Widow's devastation as wedding ring stolen during funeral of husband of 52 years
Published 20/08/2015 | 22:08
A woman who had just buried her husband of 52 years returned home to find his wedding ring had been stolen.
Muriel Diffin has put out an appeal for the jewellery which was stolen from her house during her husband's funeral.
Her husband Cyril, also known as Espie, passed away on Friday.
Hundreds of family and friends attended the funeral in Milford, Armagh.
Muriel explained that the ring is not worth a lot of money, but it is of major sentimental value.
A large sum of cash, a credit card and various items of jewellery were also taken.
“The ring was just an ordinary gold ring, with a red stone,” Ms Diffin told Armagh I.
“It maybe wasn’t all that valuable but it was the sentimental value of it.
"I might see it yet.
“It doesn’t mean anything to anyone else. It’s just something of Espie’s," she added.
The local community of Milford have rallied around Muriel and have offered a reward for the return of the ring.
“We are doing all we can, but still no sign of any remorse from those who decided to help themselves to a grieving woman’s happy memories," the community group wrote on Facebook.
"Please, please, please. All we want is the ring. The rest of the items would be gratefully accepted, but the most important is the signet ring.
“This is a ring that Muriel gave to her adoring husband a year after their wedding. We don’t care who you are or what else you have done.
“Leave the ring in an envelope and either leave it in the school house or post it through her front door (as you are aware of where it is). Give her a wee bit of happiness at this sad time. Do the right thing. You might even feel a wee bit better after it yourself.”