When Noel Gold's young sown borrowed his wedding band 44 years ago and lost it, he never expected to see it again. But he was wrong.
When he loaned the ring to his son, he'd been wearing it for more than 20 years.
The ring had apparently rolled into a floor heating vent at the ward house in Murray and was undetected for about six years.
That's when the Gold's long-time friends of 37 years, Jay and Enid Thompson come into the picture. The two couples used to attend church at the same church, but when ward boundaries changed, the Golds went to another ward. ...
"We were standing in line to get a plate of food at this church social and I looked down and saw it and reached down and picked it up," Enid Thompson said.
She did her best to locate the owner of the ring. Engraved inside the band were the letters "N" and "M". Mrs. Thompson checked church rolls and phone lists with no luck. So the ring stayed in her jewelry box for nearly four decades.
Then, on November 2nd, the Golds and the Thompsons just happened to run into each other at Cottonwood High School to vote in the 2010 election. And the mystery was solved.
"I walked in and stood in line, and you could see in the voting booths, and they were there", Enid says. "And that light just came on like that to ask them about the ring!"
Noel couldn't believe it.
"I was in a state of shock almost," he said.
The Golds never thought they'd see the ring again, but they never replaced it either. "It just didn't feel right," Noel said.
The couple just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. With their original rings.