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East Texas Woman Married 70 Years Loses Wedding Ring

For seventy years an East Texas woman has been wearing her wedding ring. That is until Mattie Powell, 94, accidentally left her ring in a restroom, only to return and find it had been taken.  Now, her family is doing everything they can to find the ring.

Married, on January 24th, 1937, Mattie and her husband Sam of Athens just celebrated their 70th anniversay.

"70 years," said Mattie Powell, who lost her wedding ring. "We just had the nicest open house." A few days later, Mattie's husband had to go to the hospital, and it was there Mattie says she last saw her wedding ring.

"I was washing my hands, and I always pull that ring off," said Mattie. "I just laid it down." When she went back to her husband's room Mattie says she noticed she forgot her ring. She says her daughter who was with her went back for it, but the ring was gone.

"I am almost positive that there was no one else in there," said Mattie. "It was after I left, and it just had to be minutes." The next day, Mattie's family filed a police report and hung fliers at the hospital.

"It is a symbol, and it's a thing," said Juliaann Foster, Mattie's daughter. "It's not a person, but it's a valuable thing to my family." On this holiday for lovers, Valentines Day, Mattie says she would do anything to get the symbol of her love back.

"I keep hoping," said Mattie. "I keep hoping somebody is going to bring it back." The Powell's say they are offering a reward for the person who returns the ring. If you have any information you are urged to call Athens police.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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