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Winston-Salem mother desperate to find ring with daughter’s ashes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — A Winston-Salem mother is asking for the public’s help finding a missing ring with her daughter’s ashes.

Dawn Marie Berthrong works at Dewey Bakery in Winston-Salem along Stratford Road. She’s the lead merchandiser and spends her shifts doing office work and walking back and forth between the bakery and warehouse.


“When I got home, I went to take a shower and to take my ring off, and it wasn’t there. So sometime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., I lost my ring,” she said.

Dawn could not find the silver ring she wears on her left finger. The initials “ELB” are etched on the ring. They are the initials of her late daughter.

“It has my daughter’s ashes … That ring is all I have left. It’s. It’s how I get through the day without her. So it might not be monetary value to anyone else, but it’s everything to me,” she said.

Dawn’s daughter Braylen’s young life was cut short due to a rare genetic neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome.

Braylen died in 2022, and the silver ring was meant to be an everlasting connection between mother and daughter.

“Braylen was beautiful and so full of life. She couldn’t talk, and she couldn’t use her hands or her legs … She loved her family so much,” Dawn said.

She took her grief to social media and asked people for help.

“I’ve had people that I don’t even know message me on Facebook and tell me that they were coming here to look for it, and they have … I’ve had so much support. It’s overwhelming,” Dawn said.

She hopes the right person sees this story so that she can reunited with her daughter’s ashes.

“She is my strength and my hero,” Dawn said.

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