Class ring thought forever
lost was found by LS woman
Well, if you have you’d better hope that Lake Stevens resident Nola Johnson finds it.
Johnson loves going to garage sales and looking for small treasures treasures that may have meant something to someone else entirely, which is exactly what happened on June 1.
Johnson was wandering through a garage sale in Everett and came upon an old class ring from Kellogg High School in Kellogg, Idaho. The ring said it was from the class of 1990 and inside it was inscribed the name “Michelle Matson” in small letters.
Johnson asked the woman holding the garage sale if she knew where the ring had come from or whose it was but she only knew that her son had found it a few years ago.
She bought the ring for $10 and quickly ran home to see if she could find out more about it.
After searching the internet for the name Michelle Matson, with no luck she then decided to search Kellogg High School. The high school couldn’t give her much information because of privacy policies but suggested she try the local newspaper.
Johnson just couldn’t give up. She knew in her heart that Michelle would want her ring back.
“It kind of touched my heart. I know how important class rings are,” Johnson said.
So, she contacted the Shoshone News Press in Kellogg where an editor printed a small story about the ring on the morning of June 6.
After reading the newspaper that morning, Michelle Matson contacted the editor by email and told her that it was her class ring and it had been missing for five years. She then helped her get in contact with Johnson so that she could be reunited with her missing ring.
Matson was given the ring as a graduation present from her parents in 1990 and now her father was terminally ill with cancer. Telling him that her ring had been found made him very happy she told Johnson.
Johnson quickly mailed the ring to Matson who received it a few days later and sent an email to Johnson thanking her for her trouble.
“Just to let you know,” she said, “It got here just in time. It arrived Saturday and my father passed away on Sunday. It means so much to me to have something that he bought for me back with me.”