MONROE (13abc Action News) - Valentine's Day is next Tuesday. And while stores are busy with last minute shoppers, for widows, it can be a tough holiday.
"It was just a day, because we celebrated each other every day," Peggy Behrendt said. "So it was just another day. Everyday was Valentine's Day."
Peggy's husband Bob died one month ago today, on January 10th.
"He was just, everybody loved Bob," she said.
After caring for Bob's final days & Peggy's emotions, Visiting Angels, a local elder care company, made a surprise visit today.
"We deal with people who are losing, or have lost, loved ones," William Bruck said. "Matter of fact, a lot of our care-givers are widows."
William Bruck opened the business three and a half years ago. It employs 60 people, plus 120-pound Nash. Nash provides the smiles.
"And when people are happier, they're healthier, and they enjoy life," Bruck said.
Enjoy life after a loved one is gone too soon.
If you ask Joyce, she'll tell you: she and her husband Kent were married for 49 years and 90 days. And now, she's keeping his memory alive.
"My husband was in the Navy," Joyce Ackerman told Bruck.
Joyce doesn't get as many visitors now. But she adores her care-giver, Lisa.
"Oh they help me out, yes. This one does especially," Ackerman said.
It's nice to know that even though we no longer need Visiting Angels services that they haven't forgotten about us.