Woman Reunited With Ring After 60 Years

Published 07/04 2014 09:26PM

Updated 07/05 2014 09:47AM

By Jason Puckett

LUBBOCK,TX--- It was a family reunion that brought together more than just people. On Friday, an 84-year-old woman was given a ring that she had lost 60 years ago.

In 1954, Addie Elizabeth Clark dropped her beloved class ring in Lake Nasworthy.

"I felt like I'd lost part of me." She said. "I was so proud that I had been able to work hard and graduate from college."

She searched the area but wasn't able to find it. 60-years later, that same lake was lower due to droughts. That factor allowed Lindsay Waddell to do what Clark hadn't been able to.

"We've personally lost stuff out there," she said,"so I was just out looking around and I happened to see something.I sat there and thought about it for a minute and then I picked it up and realized it was a ring."

Waddell took her new discovery home to be cleaned and discovered it had an owner. 

"I soaked it for a couple hours," she said, "and then scrubbed it with a toothbrush and cleaned it up enough to be able to see Howard Payne University and her initials."

Waddell did a good deed and told officials at Howard Payne about her discovery. 

"She sent us pictures of it." Said Stephen Sullivan, Director of Alumni Relations at Howard Payne. "We were able to find initials on the inside of it and determine that it belonged to Addie Elizabeth Clark. Who graduated from Howard Payne in 1953."

Clark was overjoyed to hear about her ring's discovery, but there was a problem. The ring was found near San Angelo, Texas and Clark lives in Washington State.

It was an issue that was solved by the 4th of July.
"We heard she was coming from Washington To Brownfield for a family reunion," Sullivan said. "that's when we set out to reunite her with her ring."

On Friday- it finally happened. Addie Clark was able to slip her class ring back on her finger after 60 years. 

"When I heard about it I cried for the longest time." Clark said. "My son said Mom it's just a ring-I said it's a special ring."

Watch the attached video to see Addie Clark react to her class ring after 60 years. 

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