The 53-year-old man lived five more months before passing in July. So when his wife, Shelly, got a bouquet of flowers two days before Valentine's Day, she believed her children sent them to her. She called the flower shop who told her it was Jim. He was reaching out to her, even after his life.
As Shelly explained to KCWY, Jim put together a special arrangement.
"Until the day I die, I'll get Valentine's flowers on Valentine's Day and that's just a testament of his love all over again," she said.
She likened his beautiful gesture to a fairy tail. They may not have gotten the happy ending, but it's a beautiful one.
Information from the Associated Press and KCWY was used in this report.