96-year-old Ruth, who has Alzheimer's and lives at Good Shepherd Lodge, was devastated after finding her precious wedding ring was gone from the necklace she rarely takes off.
96-year-old Ruth, who has Alzheimer's and lives at Good Shepherd Lodge, was devastated after finding her precious wedding ring was gone from the necklace she rarely takes off.

Elderly woman heartbroken by missing wedding ring

AN ELDERLY woman with Alzheimer's living at Good Shepherd Lodge is heartbroken over the mysterious disappearance of her treasured wedding ring - exactly 69 years after her late husband George placed it on her finger.

Mackay's Carol Single said her mother Ruth, who has been a resident of the aged care facility for more than eight years, is missing her wedding ring, which was attached to a gold chain she always wore, as well as two other items from her room.

After celebrating her mother's 96th birthday, Mrs Single was out of town for two weeks. When she returned to visit her mum on August 13, the ring was missing from the chain and a key that also was attached had been used to remove items, including spare change, from a drawer in her mother's room.

"When I walked into her room she was upset and showed me that her gold ring was missing ... I asked her to give me her gold chain, which easily comes off over her head, for me to check her locked drawer."

Also missing from the locked drawer was a sentimental coin Ruth had carried with her since the Second World War (inset) and a crystal ring holder. The ring is a simple, thick gold wedding band.

Read the full story at the Daily Mercury


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