Editor’s Note: Barbara asked KOIN 6 News not to use her last name in this story.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — June 18, 1955 was a Saturday. On that day in South Carolina, Charles and Barbara got married after a 3-year courtship.
“He was a good husband and a good father and to the last minute before he went out I told him I loved him and he told me he loved me, too. And that’s one of the last things he said to me I suppose,” Barbara, 83, told KOIN 6 News. “It’s really been hard. Really, really hard.”
Charles was 86 when he died on May 9. He’d been ill off-and-on for years. After he passed, she put his wedding ring on her finger.
Just 10 days after Charles passed, Barbara had some irritated skin. Her daughter took her to the urgent care center at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas for treatment.
“I was sitting there and (her daughter) Darla’s going to get these rings when I die and I said, ‘Try these on see, how they fit,'” she said. “I must have took the ring off, his ring off, because it was underneath these and I didn’t notice it until the next day.”
Charles had that white gold band for about 30 years, she said, and thinks they paid $29 for it. He was a heavy machine operator and Barbara said he “didn’t want one at first because of his work.”
“It’s just a plain, wide, white gold men’s wedding band and if I remember right it has 2 little crevasses on either side of it.”
She cried when she realized Charles’ ring wasn’t on her finger. Her family went back to the urgent care facility but didn’t find it. Her granddaughter shared the story on Facebook.
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“It didn’t cost very much but it was the sentimental value to me,” she said. “I would be so delighted if somebody would return it. I really would be thankful.”
Charles was a happy man who liked to fish, dance and whistle, she said. “We danced every night and he whistled. He always had this cute (way), he could whistle melodies and all.”
They had a good life, she said. They lived in Oregon for decades and had 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandkids.
Getting his ring back, she said, is “just very important to me. That would be part of him, that would be part of him back to me.”
“It’s just so sad to think I’m not going to ever see him again.”
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