Photo by The Gainesville Sun
GAINESVILLE/ MENTONE A woman, who recently moved to Florida, died this week, when a tree fell on her home.
42-year-old Dawn Ewing was asleep inside a mobile home in Gainesville, along with her boyfriend, Michael Braton. Strong winds caused a 100-foot tall oak tree to fall on the home at 2a.m. Wednesdsay, crushing both of them.
Braton survived and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. He will recover but may lose his leg.
The couple got engaged just two weeks ago.
Ewing’s three children, ages 5, 9 and 12, were in a different part of the home and weren't injured. They are now returning to Menton, Indiana to live with their grandparents. An elementary school in Gainesville set up a toy and clothing drive to help ensure the children have Christmas presents. A fourth daughter, 15-year-old Andrea Ewing lives in Indiana.
Braton and Ewing were planning to get married. They just moved away from Mentone this fall and had moved into the mobile home three weeks before the accident.
Braton’s boss tells the Gainesville Sun that before the accident, Braton was planning to talk to his landlord about cutting down the trees near his house because they were a problem.
Ewing's friend, Karen Wallis, said that Dawn's last word were a plea for her four children.
"The last thing that I know that she said was 'Someone please, please take care of my babies,'" Wallis said. "I want people to help take care fo the kids, they need something, they need their mom but they don't have their mom but they need someone to help them."
Wallis is leading an effort to collect food, clothing and other items to help the kids.
Anna Stiles, the owner of the Time After Time consignment shop, has also offered to help cloth the children when they return to Mentone.
Anyone who would like to help or arrange a donation should call 574-353-4051.