Widow who lost tragic late husband's bracelet issues heartfelt plea
An Irish widow has issued a heartfelt plea to the public to help her locate a much-loved bracelet that she lost in Athlone.
The bracelet was a gift from Elaine Bowens' late husband Pa.
He was tragically killed in a freak accident in October 2015 as he was helping erecting the lights for his mother's funeral.
He was just 44-years-old.
Pa's passing came after a difficult few years for the Bowens family.
Elaine, had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in August 2014. She had surgery to remove it and the couple and their two young children were embracing a positive and fresh start in life before Pa's fatal accident.
"It's been tough but I have to keep going and be strong and do everything I can... but [losing] this bracelet has really set me back," said Elaine when speaking to the Anton Savage Show on TodayFM.
The heartbroken mother-of-two lost the bracelet on March 29 in Athlone Town.
"I'd been in the town centre, Golden Island and Woodie's that day."
She joked: I'd never been in so many shops in my life."
Elaine noticed the bracelet was gone when she was halfway to Roscommon. Devastated, she contacted her sister-in-law in Athlone who helped her retrace her steps.
"I had to pull in at the side of the road. I was so upset," said Elaine.
"I hardly ever wore [the bracelet]. I just had it on that weekend."
Unfortunately the pair were unable to locate the sentimental piece of jewellery.
"Everyone was so helpful when they found out how devastated I was. My sister-in-law rang all the shops. People were so kind," she said.
Elaine shared a photo of a similar bracelet on social media and asked for the public's assistance in helping her locate it.
"It's very distinctive. It's 14 carat gold and encircled by semicircles within a diamond. It's not vastly valuable... it would only be worth a couple of hundred euro.
"I will give a reward for anyone who can help me," she said.
The bracelet was a Christmas gift from Pa.
The couple had been married for 11 years before he passed away last October and the family are still adjusting to life without him.
"He was a really hard-working family man," said Elaine.
When she was diagnosed with her brain tumour, she said Pa "wouldn't entertain" the idea that she wouldn't be okay. He was a huge support to her during her health woes.
"They got the tumour out in time but every three months I have to go in for an MRI. He was a great support to me throughout everything," she said.
The family, however, have discovered some positivity in Pa's passing.
"He was an organ donor," revealed Elaine.
"He carried an organ donor card for years in his wallet. It's great for us to know that there's at least two lives saved through him.
"We received a Christmas card through the hospital from one of the organ recipients and it brought us great comforot.
"He's gone but at least two lives go on," she said.
"I feel so bad about [losing the bracelet] because I'm never going to get anything from him again. I feel stupid."