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Class ring returned...
Posted by: PryorCreekJoe
Date: April 29, 2018 06:55PM
Today I got to return the class ring I dug a couple weeks ago, to it's owner, Sharon. The story behind the ring is pretty emotional. Sharon's daughter was wearing it while on a church hayride in 1990 and lost it in a 20 acre field. My co-worker told me that his church youth group has be out singing Christmas carols and sang outside the daughter's window that night she lost her battle with cancer 12 years later in 2002. My co-worker started getting a bit emotional just telling me the whole story.
My co-worker's dad owned the field where the hayride was held, and he told me about the lost ring in March along with the story about his uncle loosing what we thought was a quarter in the mid 1950's. (the two half dollar story of a few weeks ago) I had looked for the ring on the day I found the uncle's half dollars but only found a junker ring. When showing the junker ring to Sharon, she told us what her ring looked like and that her daughter had said that someone jumped out of the dark during the hayride and scared her and that was when she lost the ring. There was one spot on the hayride route that someone could have hidden and jumped out to scare her. That is where I found it on the 5th pass across the field.
I met up with Sharon today to give the ring back to her. Yes, she cried a bit and said that she thought is was lost forever and that her daughter always felt so bad about loosing it. She couldn't believe how great shape it was still in and promptly put it on her finger. Sharon kept hugging and thanking me. I told her that moments like this is what I live for in this hobby.




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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: Elton
Date: April 29, 2018 07:50PM
Heart wrenching, and awesome, at the same time. My heart goes out to the mother..and my congrats go to you Sir.
A truly awesome return with so much meaning.



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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: iskirkra
Date: April 29, 2018 09:27PM
What a story and such a good thing that you have done. I lost a daughter in 2004 and I know that every thing you have to hang on to is worth more than anything in the world. I know this Mom will cherish the ring that you found and returned. Just amazing.

Randy

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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: April 29, 2018 11:59PM
Unbelievable, Joe. I have already heard the story from you, and yet I still can't believe it, and can't imagine the range of emotions the mother must be feeling! As iskirkra said, I am sure she will cherish that ring, more than we can imagine. I can't imagine losing a daughter...so sorry, iskirkra...

Joe -- simply INCREDIBLE!!!! You are a heck of a man, my friend...

Steve



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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: PryorCreekJoe
Date: April 30, 2018 06:57AM
Steve,

It is humbling to know that after all these years you can still help in the grieving process without even knowing someone personally. I do love the extracurricular tangents you get from this hobby. Again very humbling.

Joe

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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: ironman200081
Date: April 30, 2018 09:08AM
Wow, Joe. What a great story. Hats off to you.



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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: bootyhoundpa
Date: May 01, 2018 05:28PM
Wow,that's awesome. .. im a day late on this story.... is that a 1925 class ring? if so whom did it originally belong to? Great job on the return. .

Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: sube
Date: May 01, 2018 05:51PM
Sweet hunt your a good man Joe . sube

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Re: Class ring returned...
Posted by: PryorCreekJoe
Date: May 01, 2018 07:37PM
It was a 1975 ring. It belong to Sharon (the woman in the picture with me). Her daughter was wearing the ring on the hayride when she lost it.

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