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Granddaughter's bittersweet memory turns into early Christmas gift

By APRILL BRANDON
Dec. 23, 2010 at 6:23 a.m.

Lisa Bullock holds the 1-carat diamond she won from the Torin Bales' "Best Love Moment." The 28-year-old mother of two was given the diamond on Thursday.

It's a bittersweet memory for Lisa Bullock. In April 2006, her grandmother suffered a stroke. Bullock was the one who found her and after immediately dialing 911, she laid her grandmother's head on her lap, holding tightly onto her hand.

Unable to speak, her grandmother began playing with Bullock's wedding ring, spinning it around on her finger. And then, something miraculous happened, Bullock said.

"I don't know if it helped her to focus on something but suddenly she started talking. She told me she loved me and then she just started talking about everyone in her life," she said. "It was amazing. And she never stopped spinning the ring around my finger until the ambulance came to take her. That we got to spend that time together, which was the last time she was ever in her home, it's a bittersweet memory. But it's amazing something like that could happen."

Bittersweet though it is, that memory just got a bit sweeter thanks to Torin Bales Fine Jewelry. The 28-year-old mother of two from Edna won the store's "Best Love Moments" contest with the story of her grandmother, who died a few months after the stroke.

On Thursday, she was presented with the grand prize: A 1-carat diamond valued at $6,000.

The contest encouraged people to submit their love-moment stories for a chance to win the diamond.

"We wanted to give people an exciting reason to share their moments of love this holiday season and what better way to do that than giving someone a 1-carat diamond right before Christmas?" owner Torin Bales said in a news release. "Just as Lisa's story illustrated, diamonds are a wonderful gift that last a lifetime."

Bullock admitted she was still in shock over being the top winner and receiving a very sparkly early Christmas gift.

"I just could never imagine winning something like this, it's something I could never afford. I'm just thankful. Of course, it's kind of easy to be thankful when you win something like this," she laughed. "But this Christmas season I'm also grateful for the little gifts as well. I think Torin Bales is very generous for doing something like this. It really brings back memories of my granny and all the little things about her."

As for her plans for the diamond, Bullock said she'd love to use it to make a necklace or a ring in memory of her grandmother.

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