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Woman Receives One Final Valentine Surprise After Husband Died Of Cancer

Amy Pilkington 15 Feb 2020

For 45 years, Randy Tenney had sent flowers and a poem to his wife Debbie every Valentine's Day.

But in 2019 he knew he was going to lose his battle with glioblastoma, so he made sure that Debbie would get one final surprise for 2020.

Randy and Debbie were high school sweethearts and had a huge, loving family in Show Low, Arizona.

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Together, they raised 8 children, who brought them 33 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Glioblastoma is a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, with a very low survivability rate.

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So as 2019 wound to a close and he came to terms with the fact that he wouldn't make it to Valentine's Day, Randy hatched a plan.

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He reached out to a family friend who owns a flower shop and penned one last poem for that final delivery.

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The bouquet was yellow roses, with a single red one centered and pointing toward the sky.

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Debbie shared the video of its arrival on Facebook. In it, she reads the card curiously until she realizes who it's from, and then she breaks down.

Excuse me a moment, I need to grab a tissue.

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The poem is possibly the most moving version of a classic I have ever read.

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"Roses are red, Violets are blue, yelling from Heaven that I will always love you. With love from your eternal Valentine, R.T."

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According to those who knew him, this kind of thoughtfulness was classic Randy.

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"His philosophy was scattering sunshine, spreading happiness," their son Jordan told Local Memphis.

Randy was obviously loved by his community, where 400 people joined the family for his funeral.

And now he's left one last scattering of sunshine.

h/t: Local Memphis

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