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Fallen tree branch imperils woman’s new home

By Justin Tubbs

Martha Stewart lives a simple life, but she says it’s been a good one.

The 84-year-old is happy to still have her health, her family and her home. The latter hasn’t always been there, though.

Seven years ago, Stewart’s home of 44 years in the 800 block of East Latimer burned down, leaving her temporarily homeless. She moved around and eventually rented a home from one of the deacons at her church, Bethlehem Baptist.

For the past few months, Stewart has enjoyed a new home, however, thanks to a woman who sought to build homes for the elderly.

Donna Dennis, a woman from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, wanted to use federal grant money available to help elderly people get moved into new homes. It didn’t work out quite as she wanted, and she didn’t get to help many people.

But Stewart was one person who was helped.

Stewart was put into a new home on the same lot where her home burned down seven years prior. But in her first month living in the home, a big storm came.

“I don’t remember the exact day, but it was when the big storm hit,” she said.

A tree right next to her home cracked, and a big branch fell on top her patio roof.

“There’s no structural damage that I can tell, but I just want the tree off my house,” she said.

Dennis has attempted to help Stewart out, but there is no more grant money available. Both have entertained the idea of going through State Farm Insurance, but the deductible is $3,000 just to remove the tree.
“I don’t have that kind of money. Where am I going to get that from,” Stewart said.

Stewart worked for the Johnson Ladder Company in Dallas for 24 years before retiring and staying in Ennis. She worked odd jobs as she got older, but now she is solely living off her social security check.

“I just hope there’s somebody who can help me get the tree off my house,” she said.

The tree branch has been propped on top of the house since a month after she moved in. Part of the tree branch is still connected to the tree, but looking at the home, the big branch is clearly an eyesore and a potential hazard.

If you can help Mrs. Stewart with her tree problem, contact The Ennis Daily News at 972-875-3801.

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