Lost, found — and returned: Woman’s treasure returned after 2 decades and a fire

Woman’s treasure returned after 2 decades and a fire

PHOTO PROVIDED Kathryn Burrows, middle above, opens a gift box containing a long-lost pin that was special to her, seeing it for the first time in about 20 years. It was returned to her recently by Evelyn Fitzsimmons, watching at far left, of South Williamsport. Fitzsimmons found it while working at the former Hills Department Store, and social media helped her find the owner after two decades.

Sometimes when things go missing, they eventually are found.

For 103-year-old Kathryn Burrows, a special pin with the names and birth years of her four grandchildren was returned to her recently.

She had lost it in the late 1990s.

Her eyes filled with tears of joy as she saw what had been lost for the past two decades.

The safety pin was found by Evelyn Fitzsimmons, of South Williamsport, who was working at Hills Department Store in the borough. It holds four baby booties engraved with the names Donny, Kevin, Brenda and Marcie.

She said she thinks it was around 1997 when she found the pin, which she kept.

“I always hung onto the pin because I thought it had to be special to somebody,” said Fitzsimmons, whose home caught on fire on Feb. 20.

After the fire, she and her daughter-in-law were going through the house to recover anything salvageable, said Stacey Fitzsimmons, of South Williamsport, the daughter-in-law.

The pin was found in a desk drawer, and she decided to post it online to see if anyone recognized it.

A friend of Burrows’ granddaughter, Marcie Edler, of North Carolina, tagged her in the post and realized it belonged to her grandmother.

“My sister and I vaguely remember the pin growing up,” Edler said. “She always wore it on a cardigan sweater.”

Her aunt purchased the pin for Burrows from Bartlesville Jeweler in Muncy.

Through the power of social media, the women planned to return the pin at Burrows’ 103rd birthday party on Saturday at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1445 Sycamore Road, Montoursville.

Many members of her family, as well as Evelyn and Stacey Fitzsimmons, were present to celebrate Burrows’ birthday. The pin was returned and is hanging around the rightful owner’s neck.

Edler said she is thankful that Evelyn Fitzsimmons kept the pin for so many years and that it could be given as a gift for her grandmother’s birthday.