90-year-old woman finds her late husband’s wedding ring – after 35 years

A 90-year-old woman has revealed how she found her late husband’s wedding ring under an apple tree – 35 years after losing it in their garden.

Ann Kendrick, from Looe, Cornwall, has explained how her husband Peter, who died 22 years ago, lost his group while working in their garden in 1987.

The mother-of-seven was stunned when she found what she thought was “a piece of metal” at the base of the tree last Saturday.

But when she realized it was Peter’s wedding ring, she felt ‘strangled’ and wondered if he was ‘sending some kind of message’, revealing: ‘I watched it and I thought “No, it couldn’t be.” I was really, really excited.

Ann Kendrick, 90, from Looe, Cornwall, has revealed how she found her late husband’s wedding ring under an apple tree – 35 years after losing it in their garden

She told the BBC her husband lost the ring after working in their garden, which was ‘quite big’, saying: ‘I guess it must have come out of his pocket and we never saw it again .

“We thought, ‘Oh, never mind!

She said: “It was Saturday afternoon, beautiful and sunny, and I thought I was going to go out and do some tidying up.

“There’s a patch in the garden that’s covered in grass, and I thought, ‘I’ll see if I can dig up some of that grass and put it away for a bit.

Ann explained how her husband Peter lost the ring while working in their garden 35 years ago (pictured, in 1993 in Canada for their Ruby wedding anniversary)

Ann explained how her husband Peter lost the ring while working in their garden 35 years ago (pictured, in 1993 in Canada for their Ruby wedding anniversary)

“While I was working, I pulled on a clump of grass and this little piece of metal came out of the ground.

Pictured: The ring, which Ann will now repair and wear as a necklace in memory of her husband

Pictured: The ring, which Ann will now repair and wear as a necklace in memory of her husband

“It didn’t look like a wedding ring at all – it was just a dirty twisted piece of metal that had cracked.”

She said: ‘I thought, ‘Oh, it could be. I often thought maybe one day I could find it. And down and behold! I did it.’

So she took it into the house, cleaned it to ‘make sure it was’, saying, ‘It had the jeweler’s mark in it.

“When I was telling a friend about it, I got a little choked up.”

She explained that the feeling of finding the ring was “overwhelming”, adding: “Once I cleaned it, it was a bit more recognizable as a ring, but it needs fixing.”

Ann explained how great the feeling of finding her husband's ring was

Ann with her husband Peter in the 1980s

Ann explained how the feeling of finding her husband’s ring was ‘overwhelming’ and admitted she felt ‘suffocated’ when reminding a friend of the story (pictured left and right, Ann with her husband Peter in the 1980s)

“I’m going to Dartmouth and I’m going to take it there and have it fixed and cleaned and then I’ll probably wear it on a chain around my neck or something.”

She said: “My husband died 22 years ago so I don’t know – do you think he might be sending some sort of message?”

Meanwhile, Ann revealed how “thrilled” her family was to hear they had found the ring.

Ann explained that after finding the ring, she carefully took it inside to clean the floor and now hopes to have it repaired.

Ann explained that after finding the ring, she carefully took it inside to clean the floor and now hopes to have it repaired.

The mother-of-seven discovered the ring as she was cleaning around the base of the apple tree (pictured) in her garden

The mother-of-seven discovered the ring as she was cleaning around the base of the apple tree (pictured) in her garden

She said: “I think Peter would have been as surprised as I was that this had happened.”

Ann’s son Bob Kendrick, 57, who runs a restaurant near his home in Dartmouth, Devon, said: ‘Mum was very emotional and delighted.

“It wasn’t the first thing that was missing – he used to lose all sorts of things.”

Ann often meets her son and grandchildren for lunches and even celebrated her 89th birthday with a lunch in Talland Bay, Cornwall, in August 2020, at the height of the pandemic.

James B. Helms