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Lost wedding ring quickly returned to owner

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Valley woman was spared the anguish after losing her wedding ring, all thank to a co-worker she hardly knows.

Lori Nelton hardly ever takes her wedding ring off, not even when she puts her riding gloves on and takes her Harley into work.

Nelton had an important meeting, and to get rid of helmet head, she brought some hairspray into the bathroom.

"I took the ring off because I didn't want to get hairspray on the ring or anything and I set the ring down on the sink," Nelton said. "I gathered up my stuff and I left the restroom and I left my ring on the sink in the restroom."

Nelton's husband surprised her with the ring at Disneyland. It's .66 carets, the same year she was born.

"It meant a lot to me. I could have lost that ring forever," Nelton said.

Thankfully, the next person in the restroom was Yolanda Garcia Velasquez, a co-worker who only knew Nelton as the "motorcycle girl."

Velasquez quickly got the ring to Nelton.

"I was shocked. I remember feeling my finger like, 'my ring is gone,'" Nelton said. "I gave her a hug right away and I thanked her."

Nelton brought a card and a small gift for Velasquez to work the next day, only to learn that earlier that morning, Velasquez was laid off. But before CBS 5 News had a chance to track her down, Velasquez was rehired in a temporary hire.

"I just want to pay it forward to you this morning and thank you for what you did," Nelton said.

"My parents taught me that if something doesn't belong to you, you have to return it, you have to find a way to give it back," Velasquez said.

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