Cherished engagement ring found

Anne Wakeford thanks Ebonee Edwards for finding her lost engagement ring.
Anne Wakeford thanks Ebonee Edwards for finding her lost engagement ring. Tanya Easterby

EVERYBODY loves a happy ending, and a happy ending is what great grandmother Anne Wakeford received on Mother's Day when the engagement ring she thought she had lost forever was returned to her.

Mrs Wakeford, who turns 99 later this year, lost her 60-year-old diamond ring last Wednesday while grocery shopping at Centro.

It had been given to her by her beau, Sydney Wakeford, at the end of the Second World War.

The pair married and raised a family together, but Sydney died after a battle with cancer about 25 years ago.

Mrs Wakeford thought she had lost his ring forever.

But she didn't count on the sharp eyes and honesty of young Gympie dental assistant Ebonee Edwards, who saw something on the floor near the Woolworths express checkout on Saturday.

"I was walking out and getting something out of my shopping bag when I looked down and saw something glistening," Ebonee said yesterday.

"I can't remember what it was that drew my eye. It was half wedged under something."

Ebonee, 26, said she knew straight away the ring was special. She had not yet read the story about Mrs Wakeford's loss so had no idea of its importance.

She handed it in to police, who promptly contacted a very thrilled and grateful Mrs Wakeford, who then rang Ebonee.

The two met later that afternoon at Mrs Wakeford's modest miner's cottage.

They met again yesterday in Ebonee's lunch hour. Mrs Wakeford's close friend and neighbour, Pat Condon, greeted Ebonee at the door with a warm embrace and tears in her eyes.

"Thank you so much," she said.

The ring was back on Mrs Wakeford's slender finger yesterday, slightly bent from where somebody must have stepped on it during its three days on the Centro floor.

Goodyear Jewellers have offered to fix and resize the ring for free.

Gympie Times


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