Kids Fight Over Marriage of Newlyweds, 95 and 96

Daughter challenging union based on inheritance concerns
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2014 9:25 AM CDT
Kids Fight Over Marriage of Newlyweds, 95 and 96
Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, in their home in Annandale, Va. The two married earlier this year, with a 95-year-old church elder presiding over the ceremony, no less.   (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)

Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, are thrilled to have found each other. "He touched my heart. I fell in love with him," Hill told WJLA in July. The Virginia pair met 10 years ago while buying lottery tickets—splitting a $2,500 winner—and married earlier this year. But that union—an interracial one in a state that banned such marriages for decades—has instigated a court battle over Hill's estate and could end with the couple splitting up, the AP reports. Hill is legally incapacitated, and a judge has ruled daughter Rebecca Wright shouldn't have facilitated the marriage without the court's permission. Wright's sister, Patricia Barber, claims the union complicates the division of Hill's $475,000 estate, because now Harrison could inherit a portion.

"She wants to sell my mother's house. She wants the money," Wright tells WUSA9. Should Barber win, Hill would have to move in with her or be put in a nursing home—either way, she and Harrison would be separated. "They're not gonna separate us. No, we're not gonna let them," Harrison tells the station. The judge agrees on that score: Breaking them up could "create a circumstance in Ms. Hill's life that she doesn't deserve," he ruled. To protect Hill's interests, an attorney has been appointed and her daughters removed as guardians. Wright believes ageism and racism are also at play in her sister's court action, telling WJLA that mindsets haven't changed. But Hill and Harrison don't mind: "We see hearts, we don't see color." (This couple got married after 72 years together.)

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