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Emily Maynard & Ricki Send A Balloon Up To Daddy In Heaven On His Birthday – How Precious!

Mon, April 4, 2011 5:15pm EDT by 3 Comments

Courtesy of Twitter

Even though Ricky Hendrick is no longer with them, Emily and their daughter Ricki remember him with love each year!

Emily Maynard may be happily engaged to Bachelor Brad Womack, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten her first love — Ricky Hendrick, the former NASCAR driver who was the father of her 5-year-old daughter Josephine “Ricki” Hendrick.

Ricky passed away in 2004 — and it’s super-important for Emily to carry on his memory for little Ricki, who never met him. So Emily and her daughter have started an annual ritual.

“Its our tradition to make a cake and let a balloon go in the backyard,” Emily tweeted on April 2 — Ricky’s b-day.

Ricky was killed on Oct. 24, 2004 in a plane crash. A week after he passed away, Emily — who was engaged to Ricky — found out that she was pregnant with Ricki.

Even though Emily has found love again with Brad, she still makes sure that Ricky’s memory lives on for their daughter.

– Lindsey DiMattina

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