A Salisbury woman died after getting stung by yellow jackets.
Patricia Vaughan's husband, Keith, told Eyewitness News he wants his family's devastating loss to be a lesson for others.
"We said on numerous occasions that you're not guaranteed tomorrow," Vaughan said.
His wife of 39 years died Wednesday after working in the yard, trimming rose bushes when yellow jackets attacked her.
"I heard her yell that she had been stung on her toe," Vaughan said. "She headed to the house, but evidently, two more got her through her pants."
Vaughan said Patricia took medicine and seemed fine until he found her.
"We had no idea that we needed to have an EpiPen. We didn't even consider going to the hospital or calling 911," Vaughan said.
Vaughan wants his loss to be a lesson to people with allergies, especially those who are unsure.
Rowan Regional Emergency Room Dr. Thom Trowbridge said there are certain symptoms patients should notice.
"You may be red all over your body," Trowbridge said. "You will start feeling weak, dizzy or anything like that. Or you get lip swelling, tongue swelling or trouble breathing."
Trowbridge said patients with a severe allergy attack should call 911 instead of driving to the emergency room.
Vaughan is leaning on his family for support.
He believes he will see his college sweetheart again and that her life had a purpose.
"As hard as it is, maybe this was one of her purposes," Vaughan said.