EAU CLARIE, Wis. – There are a few drives across the country that can take your breath away.
Wisconsin State Road 85 is one of those, thanks to Don Jaquish.
“She’s always loved flowers, but sunflowers were her favorite,” Jaquish said, remembering his wife Babbette. “They fit her personality. She’d walk into a room and her smile would light up a whole room.”
Babbette died last November after a struggle with cancer.
As a way to cope with the loss, Jaquish held on to the things she loved, especially flowers.
He began planting sunflowers on his property, before he realized it still wasn’t enough.
Eventually, he asked his neighbors if he could use their land for his tribute as well.
They all agreed.
The sunflowers span five farms and the seeds will be harvested and sold to support other cancer patients.
“She was a pretty modest person and I’m not so sure she’d want her picture on the bag,” Jaquish said. “But she’s a beautiful woman. She didn’t really know how beautiful she was, inside and out.”
Four months after her death, Jaquish found a letter that she wrote to him and hid in a folder for him to find after she was gone.
“What we had is as good as it gets,” he said.