Human Interest

With This Ring (Part I)


Joyce Wharton wearing the five-stone diamond ring belonging to her mother, Hazel Wharton, who died in a plane crash in 1959. (Image Credit: Q13Fox

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to part one of TGNR‘s two part series about wedding rings sadly lost, miraculously found and, most import returned to their rightful owners or the owners family.

This first story is a reunion that spanned over 50 years. In 1959, Joyce Wharton was a young married woman when both of her parents, Hazel and Hugh died in four-seat airplane crash while traveling from Oregon to Washington state. The crash site, located in deep woods, would not be found for thirteen years. So, when Joyce was contacted this year by lumberjack Nick Buchanan stating he had found her mother’s five-stone wedding ring, she was astonished.  He had found the ring in 1997 but it took until now for him to locate the Hazel’s daughter, Joyce. Once Mr. Buchanan confirmed that Joyce was the daughter of the ring’s former owner, he FedEx’ed the ring to Ms. Wharton’s home in New Jersey.

Joyce Wharton said she couldn’t believe anyone was able to find the ring after so many years.

Joyce Wharton, whose mother originally wore the ring. (Image Credit: Q13FOX)


Logger Nick Buchanan found the ring while on a hike.

Nick Buchanan found the ring in 1997. He eventually located Ms. Wharton with the aid of a family member and the internet. (Image Credit: Q13FOX)


In Mr. Buchanan’s own words:

“I never once though it belonged to me. I just was hoping there was a daughter or a family member I could turn it over to.”NY Daily News

Read more at the following sites: NY Daily News, Q13FOX, and NJ.COM.

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