February 14, 2006 – Posted at 5:49 p.m. CST
POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Couples all over Region 8 are celebrating Valentine's Day Tuesday with the traditional romantic dinners, chocolates and flowers...all in the name of love. But as one Southeast Missouri woman knows, true love never dies.
There are some husbands that cannot even remember birthdays, anniversaries or even the important holidays like Valentines Day, but one Region 8 woman was luck enough to find the love of a lifetime.
"I was playing tennis and he drove by and saw me playing. He stopped and asked if I would play tennis with him, and I said no," laughed Beverly Lady. Beverly also said no the first time Mike Lady asked her to marry him...but the second time was a charm.
"Our first anniversary, I got one red rose and one white rose. Our second anniversary I got two red roses and one white rose. And every year after that I got a red rose for every year we were married and one white rose. The white rose was for hope that we'd be together next year," said Lady.
Mike passed away five years ago from kidney cancer...but Beverly still smiles through the tears. She receives flowers on her birthday, anniversary and Christmas.
"Ever since he passed away, we've been fulfilling his wishes," said florist Will Miller. Mike made a special arraignment with Will Miller's Flower Shop in Poplar Bluff.
"This would have to be the most special order I've done in all of my years. It's just an amazing love story," said Miller.
"It was just a big surprise I didn't expect it and I thought it was a joke and I called will and will said "no, they're from mike and just enjoy the flowers." I asked him how it was being paid for, do I need to take care of it and he said, no they're being taken care of and to this day, I still don't know how it's being taken care of, but I'm still getting the flowers," said Lady.
And it's a love story that has proven the test of time.
"It's just his way of letting me know that even though he is not here, he is here," said Lady.