Jim and Shelly Golay had the perfect “fairytale romance.” They met at church in 1984 and were married two years later.

“Jim was just an amazing man. Everybody that ever met him loved him,” Shelly said. “He was always just my rock. And the whole family’s rock. And he just had this unwavering faith that was just inspiring. Always had a positive attitude.”

The couple raised two kids, who are now in their twenties, and they have owned the Rocky Mountain Industrial Supply company since 2007. Life was going well. But in 2012, things took a turn for the worst. 

(Photo Courtesy of Shelly Golay)

(Photo Courtesy of Shelly Golay)

On Easter Sunday, 2012, Jim was diagnosed with brain cancer. After going through chemo treatments, doctors informed him in February of last year that the tumor was inoperable and that he only had four months to live.

“He was tough as nails. When he went through his chemo, he didn’t look like a chemo patient, didn’t act like a chemo patient,” Shelly told ABC News

After a long battle with his illness, Jim passed away in June of 2014.

“They usually give you 12 months to live and he lived 26 months,” Shelly said. “That was just a blessing.”

Eight months after Jim’s passing, Shelly was shocked this year when she received flowers from him for Valentines Day. An accompanying note read, “Happy Valentine’s Day Honey. Stay Strong! Yours Forever Love Jim.”

At first she thought her kids had sent them, but both her son and daughter denied having anything to do with it. After noticing Jim’s old cellphone number on the back of the card, she thought for sure they were from him.

(Photo Courtesy of Shelly Golay)

(Photo Courtesy of Shelly Golay)

“I went back to my son and said, ‘You have to call the flower shop and confirm Dad sent these. I’m too emotional.’ Sure enough, he had come in that last Valentine’s Day and had said, ‘Just send her flowers for the rest of her life.'”

Shelly’s daughter, Ashley Wisroth couldn’t hold back her tears when she learned the flowers were from her father.

“I was so excited to know he had done something so sweet. It was just like my dad to do something like that. At the same time, it was bittersweet, because we knew in order for him to set something like that up, he must have known at one point he wasn’t going to make it,” Ashley said.

Shelly shared that the flowers remind her that her husband’s love won’t ever end.

“That act of love to me is just true love in its purest form,” she said.



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