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Woman gets class ring back after two decades

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –It's been two decades since a woman has seen her class ring.

Rhonda Betterton Gross lived in Valdosta for a couple years and during that time a teenager stumbled upon it and her family has kept it ever since.

Gross amazingly got her ring back last month with the help of the Johnson Family and a social networking site.

This class ring is back on the finger of its owner after 20 years.

"She said that was the best Christmas I ever had," said Laverne Johnson. "It made me feel good we kept it that long."

"I sent her a Christmas Card and she'll probably get one from now on," said Rhonda Betterton Gross.

In 1991, Laverne Johnson's daughter Daphne Reed found a class ring inside this Burger King while she was working and for years the Johnson's held on to it.

"We just kept it because we thought we would locate her sooner or later," said Harold Johnson.

During Thanksgiving, the Johnson's saw something on TV about people finding each other on facebook.

 "My granddaughter was here from Hinesville and she said grandmama let me see that ring," said Laverne Johnson.

The owner's maiden name, Rhonda M. Betterton, was inscribed inside the ring and the granddaughter was able to track her down by using facebook. She's a 1989 graduate of Westover High School.

Later Laverne Johnson mailed the ring. And Rhonda Betteron Gross got it December 5.

"I wore it to work over my wedding ring because that's the hand it fits," said Gross. "I wore it to work to show everyone look what I got."

And while Gross says we hear a lot of negative reports on using the internet. She says she's thankful for it because she got her ring back.

Rhonda Betterton Gross said she started crying when she got the ring and called her mom. She says her mom felt guilty because she thought she lost it when she helped her move to Cincinnati from Valdosta in 1993.

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