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Missouri woman's class ring returned 35-years-later

CAMPBELL, MO (KFVS) -

A Campbell, Missouri woman's high school class ring has been returned after being lost for 35 years.

Debbie Lemarr, 53, lost her Clarkton High School class ring shortly after she graduated from there in 1980.

Lemarr said she was on a trip with her church group to Sam A. Baker park, just over an hour and a half from Clarkton. Lemarr said she went swimming and it slipped off.

"We looked and looked and looked for it," Lemarr said.

Lemarr said the ring was recently found by a young man about a month ago in the lake where she lost it in 1980. The ring was given to a family with ties to the Clarkton area and thy  worked to track Lemarr down. Three sisters -- Phyliss Markem, Marcella Miles, and Mary Cambden helped get the ring back to Lemarr.

Miles said she was able to track down Lemarr by the inscription on the inside of the ring "D.K.S.," which stood for Debbie Kay Shelton, and by a look at the 1980 Clarkton High School class photo. 19 people graduated from CHS that year.

"I'm just thankful. You know it just, I don't know the feeling," Lemarr said. "It's just like a little miracle to me. It's pretty awesome."

Lemarr said the ring holds a special place in her heart because it was a gift from her mother who passed away in 2013.

"I wish she was here to see it," Lemarr said. "She'd be proud.. That I got it back."

Lemarr said she's been so happy to have the ring back, she hasn't taken it off since it was returned.

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