Treasured family rings comes full circle

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2004

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) Shortly after her husband died, Judie Vann gave her gold and diamond ring to his best friend in appreciation for the kindness he had shown her family.

On Wednesday, more than 30 years later, the best friend's 90-year-old mother returned the ring to Vann's daughters and they can hardly wait to return it to their mother.

Raymond Vann drowned Dec. 14, 1969, and his widow persuaded Bill Lund to accept the ring. When Lund died in 2000, the ring passed to his mother, Eunice Severson of Ketchikan.

Severson said she tried to find Judie Vann for months to return the ring, and finally had some luck when she met Patricia Lindell at a dinner party in Everett. Severson eventually told her about the ring, and Lindell said she had worked with a Raedean Vann whose dad had drowned many years ago.

Severson called Raedean Vann, whose married name is Tibbetts, and they arranged a meeting.

''I'm sure he would have wanted her to have it,'' Severson said. ''I'm glad it's back where it belongs.''

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