Army veteran honors women in the memory by the giving of flowers at home

Andy Carver, 84, met his wife when he was stationed in Germany during the second world War.


For nearly six decades, Andy Carver, an Army veteran, bought his wife a bouquet of flowers every week.

He picked up fresh flowers for her every Friday. Sometimes it would be white carnations – her favorite – or it could be the roses, which were his.

“I have mixed it quite a bit,” he said. “They loved it, and I just loved to see her laugh. I loved to make her happy.”

It was a long tradition that ended last March, when his wife, Brigitte, died in a hospice due to complications of a stroke.

But Carver, 84, invented a new way to continue his tradition – by buying flowers every week for the people in his retirement community in Texas.

Andy Carver and his wife Brigitte were together 59 years, four months, two weeks, 17 hours and 15 minutes.


He said that his new tradition began when one of his neighbors on This Oaks Retirement Resort in Cedar Park was sick, and he decided to give the neighbor a bouquet of roses. The cheer of the neighbor.

“(I told my daughters), I think it makes me feel good if I would do that every week for someone,” said Carver.


Carver met his future wife in a restaurant in Rudesheim, Germany for more than 50 years ago. He was stationed in the Army in a neighboring town and she was a German native to work as a nurse in Frankfurt.

“I had just finished dinner, and I saw this beautiful blonde,” he told the Austin American-Statesman. “I kept looking at her. (I told my friend), ” I’m going to marry that girl.” I knew she was the right person. I just knew it.”

When Andy and Brigitte Carver married, she held a bouquet of white carnations – her favorite flower.


He had no hair-on approach in the restaurant, but luckily bumped into her in a pub a little later. He was not going to pass on the opportunity and asked her to dance.

“We went on the dance floor, and I began with my limited vocabulary of German spoken,” he recalled. “She laughed, and we hit it off.”

He said: “she is the most beautiful girl in Germany.”


On their first date, he brought her a bouquet of flowers. He continued that tradition in their 59-year marriage.

During their marriage, each Friday, Andy would get Brigitte a bouquet of flowers.


Now, every Friday, he buys a bunch of flowers for his neighbors during happy hour. He has 35 bouquets.

“They are beautiful. They are beautiful. It is fun to remember,” said resident Billie Tips, 93, recently received a bunch of flowers for her birthday. “This puts a smile on my face.”

Andy Carver continued his tradition of handing out a bouquet of flowers, a few months after he moved to the lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort in Cedar Park, Texas. He does it to honor his wife’s memory.


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