A mystery more than a decade in the making was solved southeast of Edmonton, with the help of a harvested root vegetable.
Mary Grams said the call she received from her daughter-in-law Monday was, interesting, to say the least.
“First she said ‘Did you lose an engagement ring?’ and then she started laughing,” Gram said. “’You know it grew into a carrot?’”
Grams told CTV News she was shocked to learn her wedding ring – which she lost in the soil while gardening back in 2004 – had been found.
She said the jewelry still fits perfectly.
“I did clean it up and it’s in pretty good shape,” she said.
Finding the ring brought to light a secret Grams had kept for 13 years, even from her husband Norman, who passed away in 2012.
The couple was married in 1952, eventually, Grams’ engagement ring and wedding band cracked, so the couple replaced them in 1995. It was that replacement ring that got lost in the garden at their family farm in the fall of 2004.
At the time the ring was lost, Grams only told her son Brian, because she had been helping him at the time. She replaced her ring with a smaller one, and never told her husband. She told CTV News he never noticed the difference.
Now, she said she believed if her husband was around, he might have gotten a kick out of the whole story.
“Maybe he would have got a laugh out of it,” Grams said.
It was Brian’s wife Colleen Daley who pulled the carrot from the garden.
“I was pretty surprised; it’s got to be a one-in-a-million chance right?” Daley said.
“She had a carrot she was going to throw away, and all of a sudden she sees this sparkling thing on it,” he said.
“It was covered in mud so I washed the mud off, that’s when I saw there was a ring, or something, on it,” Daley said.
“It’s just unbelievable that it can happen the way it did,” he said.
Now, Grams said she won’t make the same mistake again, she’s still in awe her long-lost ring was found.
“When it came up after that many years, I don’t know what to think anymore.”
With files from Taylor Oseen