At almost 100 years old, Edith Sadler’s wedding band has had several adventures.
The Shepparton Villages resident thought she may never see the gold ring again after a recent outing to Shepparton Marketplace.
On one of the aged care facility’s regular shopping expeditions, Mrs Sadler’s wedding band flung off into the sink of the plaza’s disabled toilet.
‘‘I thought to myself, you silly old fool, and thought I would just forget about it,’’ she said.
But Mrs Sadler soon remembered the significance of the ring and what it had gone through in the past to be on her finger.
‘‘I remembered that it had belonged to my mother in 1921 when she married,’’ she said.
Mrs Sadler too remembered the time her mother had also lost the golden band while throwing out the chook scraps.
‘‘Dad bought her another ring,’’ she said.
‘‘But it was found about three years later.
‘‘I took pity on it and wore it when I got married in 1968.’’
After Mrs Sadler told her diversional therapist Donna McLean about what had happened, Ms McLean raced to Marketplace’s centre management to see what could be done to retrieve Mrs Sadler’s prized possession.
‘‘From a customer’s point of view, everyone was so wonderful,’’ Ms McLean said.
‘‘They went above and beyond.’’
Before long, Marketplace operations manager Graham Stewart had inspected the scene and security officer Halani Uluakiahoia had also jumped in to help.
‘‘Fortunately it was in the disabled toilets where the plumbing under the sink has an S-bend,’’ Mr Stewart said.
‘‘We were hoping the weight of the ring would hold it in the bend.’’
After unscrewing the piping, within no time the staff had secured Mrs Sadler’s wedding band.
‘‘We were really surprised at how quick it was,’’ Ms McLean said.
‘‘They had it within 10 minutes.’’
Feeling very embarrassed by all the fuss, Mrs Sadler said she was very pleased to have the ring back and thanked the Marketplace staff for their fantastic assistance.