Heart­break to hap­pi­ness over lost ring

Golden ges­ture: IGA re­turns pre­cious piece of jew­ellery

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By LEAH KIDD

DON’T you hate it when you get home from the su­per­mar­ket and feel as though you’ve for­got­ten some­thing?

Un­for­tu­nately for Bux­ton woman Lorna Hand­ford, it wasn’t just the milk.

When Mrs Hand­ford ar­rived home last Thurs­day af­ter a day of gro­cery shop­ping and run­ning er­rands, she went to take her jew­ellery off and re­alised she wasn’t wear­ing her en­gage­ment ring.

Know­ing full well she’d left the house wear­ing the ring that morn­ing, Mrs Hand­ford said she went into “panic mode”.

But with hus­band of 56 years Trev by her side, the pair headed back into Childers to search for the ring.

“We went to all the shops we had been to and gave them my name and num­ber,” Mrs Hand­ford said.

Feel­ing heart­bro­ken and help­less af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful search, Mrs Hand­ford said she and her hus­band headed back to Bux­ton.

Around 4pm, Mrs Hand­ford heard the phone ring and im­me­di­ately an­swered.

“It was Chris­tine from IGA,” she said.

Mrs Hand­ford said she was in­formed a ring had been found in the IGA and was asked to de­scribe her en­gage­ment ring.

“I did the best I could of that,” Mrs Hand­ford said.

De­ter­min­ing that the IGA had in­deed found her beloved ring, Mrs Hand­ford was pre­par­ing to make her third trip into Childers for the day to col­lect her ring.

“But she (Chris­tine) said, ‘no, I live at Bux­ton so I’ll be there about a quar­ter to five’,” Mrs Hand­ford said.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it. It was just so won­der­ful.”

Mrs Hand­ford said she was de­lighted to be re­united with her ring.

“I’ve never lost it be­fore, but I knew it was loose and that’s why I hadn’t been wear­ing it around the house – I only put it on when I went to town,” Mrs Hand­ford said.

“It must have hap­pened when I was tak­ing the gro­ceries out of the bas­ket com­ing through the till.”

Mrs Hand­ford suf­fers arthri­tis in her fin­gers and said she’d had the en­gage­ment ring made big­ger, but as her arthri­tis had set­tled down of late, the ring had be­come a loose fit.

Mrs Hand­ford said she couldn’t bear the thought of go­ing with­out her ring and was now plan­ning an im­me­di­ate trip to the jewellers to have it re­sized again.

Bux­ton woman Lorna Hand­ford I’ve never lost it be­fore, but I knew it was loose. I only put it on when I went to town.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN150414RNG1

LOST AND FOUND: Bux­ton­woman Lorna Hand­ford is grate­ful af­ter her miss­ing en­gage­ment ring was found at the Childers IGA and re­turned to her.

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