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Raleigh woman gets missing ring back after 50 years

Posted April 21, 2010
Updated April 22, 2010

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— Molly Walker, 72, deals in antiques. She has unique pieces all around her Raleigh home, but her most unexpected find came in a phone call Wednesday morning.

It was a newspaper reporter who had been searching for Walker for weeks.

“He told me they found a ring in France and could it be mine?” she said.

It was Walker’s 1956 Fort Myer’s High class ring. She lived in France from 1960 to 1962 when her husband was stationed there with the Army.

“I did live close to where the ring was found,” she said.

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A man in the French Army found the ring in some dirt and contacted a friend in Florida who was in the U.S. Army. A journalist in Fort Myers, Fla., got involved and searched school records and found Walker’s phone number in Raleigh.

Walker said the discovery brought back a lot of memories and emotion.

Though she doesn’t remember losing her class ring, she does remember how she felt about the piece of jewelry back then. She said she always felt it looked too much like a man’s ring.

“It was a very large ring for a girl and I didn’t like it at all. I did not want my parents to buy it,” she said.

Because of the more masculine appearance of the ring, they were initially searching for a male owner for the ring.

Walker said she is excited to get the ring back.


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  • scarlettlaroux Apr 22, 2010

    I don't think she was ungrateful. I think the article has been edited too tersely, and she probably just answered the questions the reporter asked.

  • csplantlover Apr 22, 2010

    I think I would have just kept it and had it melted down for the gold - if it was indeed gold - grouchy old ingrate! ha ha

  • Myopinionandnotyours Apr 22, 2010

    Wow can you say crabby old lady!

  • dwntwnboy Apr 22, 2010

    When I worked at RDU I found a TX drivers license in a waiting area while on break. I had the airport page the person to the store I worked in- no one showed up. The address for the person was right there so I mailed it back to him explaining what had happened. Didn't think anything of it until about a week or so later, I got a lovely "thank you" card from the guy AND a $15 Starbucks card. I wasn't expecting or asking for anything and was rewarded for doing the right thing. Did the same thing dwntwn within the last couple of months. Found an ID, mailed it to the lady and she came by to personally thank me at my job. I even turned in keys I found dwntwn to the Harris Teeter because they had a VIC card thing on the keys and figured they could find the person. I call them my "good deeds for the day! LOL

  • eden4576 Apr 22, 2010

    Here is a story from last year where my cousin's wife was contacted about her lost wallet from the 60's that was stolen. It was found in the walls of the building she used to work in. She was VERY grateful it was returned. The photos and all were still there.


  • 3stoogesfan Apr 22, 2010

    Back in my college days, I found someone's college ring on campus and it had his initials on it. I worked at the switchboard part-time and went through the trouble of searching the directory to see who had the same initials and I found him. (It was a small college so it wasn't hard). Anyway, I called him up to let him know I found his ring. He came and got it and hardly said thank you. I just couldn't believe it. I would have been ecstatic if someone had found my ring and given it to me. The same thing happened when I found someone's debit card and he had said just to mail it to him. I should have just left it at the bank and let them take care of it.

  • anneonymousone Apr 22, 2010

    Grandmagail, if the most important thing the teenage you gave to someone who didn't take care of it was a RING, you're well ahead of the curve. : }

    You may want to ask around online; who knows where it may be lurking?

  • snshine62d Apr 22, 2010

    Since she said she didn't like the ring, maybe she didn't lose it.............

  • fiesty Apr 22, 2010

    I know Ms Walker personally and I'm sure she was very thankful for all the effort made to find her and give her the ring back. She may not remember losing it but it was 50 YEARS ago. So what if she says she didn't like the ring....I didn't like everything my parents picked out for me either......

  • sorry Apr 22, 2010

    Sounds like she don't care about it.She sounds ungrateful I may be wrong but it sounds like it