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Alberta farmer finds her mother-in-law’s engagement ring after 13 years

Alberta farmer finds her mother-in-law’s engagement ring after 13 years

Mary Grams lost the ring in 2004

By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content

Pardon the pun but a farmer from Armena, Alta., found a one – carrot – diamond engagement ring in a garden on her family’s 105 year-old farm.

Colleen Daley discovered the ring while picking carrots to use for dinner. She almost fed the carrot to her dog, but decided it to keep it instead.

Once she recognized the piece of jewelry mixed in with her vegetables, she knew the list of potential owners was short.

“I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law,” Daley told CBC yesterday. “Because no other women have lived on that farm.”

Mary Grams, Daley’s 84-year old mother-in-law who now lives in Camrose, says she figured she lost the ring in September 2004 while doing some gardening.

“I went to the garden for something and saw this long weed,” she told Global News. “For some reason, I picked it up and must have caught on something and pulled (the ring) off.”

She replaced the ring without telling her husband.

“I didn’t even tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something,” Grams told CBC.

Her husband Norman passed away five years ago, shortly after the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Grams put the ring back on her finger and it still fits.

But she’s learned her lesson about wearing jewelry when working outside.

“Anything I do outside, I’m going to take it off and it’s going to stay,” she told Global News. “I should’ve put it in a safe place in the first place, but I didn’t.” hopes to connect with Grams and Daley for more stories regarding the ring’s disappearance and re-emergence.

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