MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama woman who lost her class ring some 40 years ago can now thank her son-in-law for finding it. Betty Black says she will never forget the day she realized she lost her ring. She lost it at a softball field.
"When I got back out my purse, my ring was gone," Black said.
She graduated in high school in 1959.
"I never thought I'd see my ring again," she said.
Black's son-in-law Wendell Watkins said he heard about the lost ring recently. As it turns out, the former softball field was on his family's property. He decided he would go find it.
"I kind of remember it as a kids," Watkins said. "I remember about where the bases and pitchers mound was. So I actually found the pitcher's mound, once I found it, I could line up the rest of the field."
Despite all of the weather events the land has seen like blizzards, tornadoes, crops, etc...Watkins found the ring in 10 minutes.
"I took three steps. "I couldn't tell it was a ring at first but it looked out-of-place," he said. "I brushed the dirt off and saw '59."
Black says she couldn't hold back the tears after receiving this wonderful gift.
"He put his fingers in his pocket, brings out the ring.. I thought I was having a seizure," she said. "I was crying, I really cried."
Black is glad for the unusual reunion with her ring and proudly wears it again.