By Melissa Robinson
It was approximately six
weeks ago that Donna Wilson, of Stockbridge, received a curious
phone call from Don Law, a former high school classmate. Law
told Wilson that he received a call from Dr. J Tygar Evans, the
current principal of Rome High School in Georgia, who had in
turn received a call from a man in Ohio, who said he had
Wilson’s 1962 class ring, and he wanted to return it to her.
Donna Wilson shows her
excitement after receiving her newly discovered class ring
from 1962 in the mail.
Photo by Melissa Robinson
It turns out that Wilson
didn’t realize that she had lost the ring. After graduating from
West Rome High School, she got married, and the couple moved to
Ohio. Busy with three small children, she didn’t realize she had
lost the ring in Ohio, but estimates that she lost it
approximately 42 years ago.
“I just don’t remember. I
had three children, living in Warren, Ohio in the snow. I was so
busy with my kids, I don’t remember saying I lost my ring,” she
Wilson said she only lived
in Ohio for a short time before her husband’s job transferred
them back to the South. She always assumed that the ring, along
with other memorabilia, was lost in a house fire in the 1970s.
“I never gave the ring a
thought; I didn’t know what happened to it. I probably would
have said I lost it in a fire in 1978 in Meansville, Ga. Our
house burned to the ground, and the only thing left was some
blistered money, an iron skillet and burned artists’ busts,” she
According to Wilson, the
Ohio man’s mother, Helen Norton, was a metal detector enthusiast
and spent a great deal of time looking for treasures. Although
Norton doesn’t remember when she found the ring, the 92 year-old
woman remembered that she found it in Columbus, Ohio, and asked
her son to find the ring’s rightful owner.
Wilson said Dr. Evans got
in touch with some of her 1962 classmates, who in turn realized
that the inscription of the ring had to be hers.
“It was so funny, when I
was talking to the lady’s son, he said, ‘Do you know where you
lost it?’ and I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘That’s OK, my mother
doesn’t even remember where she found it,’” said Wilson. “The
reason I’m centering on 42 years is because my daughter is 44
and when we lived in Ohio she was two. We didn’t live there too
long because the company my husband worked for sent him to
Wilson said she was
thrilled to get the ring back, as she doesn’t have any other
mementos from high school. She said all the man wanted was five
dollars for postage. She said she was even more excited when the
ring still fit her finger.
“It’s in great shape and
not a scratch on it. This woman who found it probably had it in
her jewelry box for a long time. I don’t know what her
motivation was for wanting to return it,” said Wilson. “When her
son asked me if I remembered where I had lost it, I said,
‘Honey, I’m 69 years old, I don’t remember what I had for lunch
Wilson said she is grateful for everyone’s
efforts to return the ring, and she will treasure it.