It sounds rather strange - there's no 'like' about it. There's a much-used saying, that uses various pairs of adjectives: 'Behind every <adj> man there's an <adj> woman'. Example adjectives: 'successful/over-worked', 'contented/frustrated', 'forgetful/well-organised'... Often the second adjective is an adjectival phrase - like 'with an <appropriate-noun>'.
I think what the woman you quote is saying is 'His success depended largely on me when he was alive, now he's dead I'm just carrying on as before'. But it's an odd way of saying it.