THEY say one good turn deserves another, and Judy Ayton hopes it is her turn.

Mrs Ayton lost two rings which belonged to her late mother last week while being a good Samaritan.

When Mrs Ayton and her husband parked behind the Rivers store on Plaza Pde, Maroochydore, on Monday, September 14, the driver of the car next to them was struggling to retrieve her keys which had fallen between the seats.

Mrs Ayton volunteered to help the elderly woman and took her two rings off to try to squeeze her hands between the seats.

She was eventually able to retrieve the keys using a nail file and the woman went on her way.

But later that night, Mrs Ayton realised she had left her rings in the back of the woman's car.

The diamond and gold engagement eternity rings belonged to Mrs Ayton's mother, who died two years ago.

"It's just devastating. I've hardly eaten anything for a week," she said.

Mrs Ayton has no way of tracking down the woman she helped, who she estimated to be aged in her 70s.

She did not take any notice of the make or colour of the car.

Mrs Ayton said police had viewed CCTV footage which showed the woman in the store but they were unable to trace her because she did not use a card with identifying information in a transaction.

Mrs Ayton hopes the woman or someone with information will contact her on 0438 930 060.

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