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'Iron Bill' Dowling's wife shares uplifting moment from life after loss

(KPRC)

DURANGO, Colo. – The wife of Capt. Bill “Iron Bill” Dowling shared a bittersweet, but uplifting moment from life after her husband’s death on Facebook.

Jacki Dowling wrote, “Today I was thinking that I wanted Bill to give me a sign to show me he was still around. A lot of people think that butterflies present themselves, to let their loved ones know that they are still around. I told Bill, I don't want it to be a butterfly, because it's too easy. I told him I wanted to see ladybugs."

Since Bill Dowling’s death at the age of 43 on March 7 in Colorado, Jacki Dowling has maintained her husband’s Facebook page.

Dowling died due to complications from serious injuries in the May 31, 2013, fire at Houston’s Southwest Inn.

“I was really missing him today, just like every day, and I thought, I can really use a lady bug right now,’” she wrote. “I knew it wouldn't happen though, because it's still very cold, and it was snowing today. Long story short, I went to do some therapeutic shopping at my favorite Durango T.J. Maxx, and darn it if I didn't come across a couple of ladybugs.”

The photo accompanying the post shows a ladybug salt-and-pepper shaker set. 

Today I was thinking that I wanted Bill to give me a sign to show me he was still around. A lot of people think that...

Posted by Capt. William Dowling "Iron Bill" on Monday, April 3, 2017

“It made me smile, and think of Bill,” Jacki Dowling wrote. “I miss him more than I could ever explain. My life feels so empty without him, and I don't know how I can possibly go on. I guess he found a way to send me that ladybug because he knew I needed it.”


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