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Glen Campbell’s Widow on 2 Years Without Him: ‘The Sadness Lingers’

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It's been two years since country legend Glen Campbell passed away from Alzheimer's disease. In a recent interview with People, Campbell's widow, Kim Campbell, opened up about her loss and life since the singer's death.

"It's such a long, long goodbye that you're conditioned already to accept it," Kim Campbell told People. "But you carry around the sadness with you for so many years. The sadness lingers."

Kim Campbell is currently working on setting up the Glen Campbell museum, which will open in Nashville in 2020. She says combing through mementos of her husband's life is both "heart-wrenching" and rewarding.

"When I touch his clothes and when I look at the pictures of us together, it's heart-wrenching for me, because I miss him every single day," she told the magazine. "But there's also a purpose behind it...I feel like it's a way to honor him, and I want to do everything I can to preserve his legacy and to share it with future generations."

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The Glen Campbell Museum will showcase the Rhinestone Cowboy's impact on country music through his music and the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. 

"No one did more for country music than Glen Campbell, because when he had his TV show, he brought country music to the forefront," Kim Campbell told People. "He made the country fall in love with country music. It's so appropriate and right that he has a presence in Nashville, which is the heart of country music."

Glen and Kim Campbell's daughter Ashley Campbell, a country singer-songwriter, is also involved with the museum, which will feature a performance venue called the "Rhinestone Stage."

Kim Campbell says the family finds healing by remembering her husband's spirit and sense of humor.

"He had an incredible sense of humor, and throughout our days, something will remind us, and we go, 'If Dad were here, he would say this,'" she says. "So we still enjoy his sense of humor -- even though he's not here, we still hear him saying it."

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Glen Campbell’s Widow on 2 Years Without Him: ‘The Sadness Lingers’