When Babbette Jaquish passed away last November after a nine year battle with cancer, she was remembered as a wife, mother, friend and a tireless fighter. She was known as the “Sunflower Lady” by her neighbors for her love of the sunny, yellow flowers and her unbeatable positive attitude.
Before she became ill, Babbette Jaquish had a dream to sell sunflower seeds to raise money for cancer research.
Unfortunately, she became very ill and passed away before she could see her dream come true, but her husband, Don Jaquish, found a beautiful way to remember his late wife.
“Babbette’s Seeds” was born when he created 400 acres of sunflowers for his new company.
“She realized the importance of research in clinical trials. She went from being expected to live two weeks to two months to nine years,” Don Jaquish said in an interview.
Babbette’s Seeds provide sunflower seeds that are used for planting sunflowers, snacking and feeding wildlife.
After his wife’s passing, Don Jaquish found a letter she’d written him.
“You move on and live each day,” the note read, “Feel me in the morning air and when you wake up and make your coffee. I will be there always.”
When Don sees the sunflowers he says they remind him of his wife. “They fit her personality. She’d walk into a room and her smile would light up a whole room.”
The proceeds from Babbette’s Seeds go to raise money for continuing cancer research in Babbette’s name.
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