Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cher Promises To Help 96-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Return Home

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A judge says a 96-year-old woman whose late-life marriage to a 95-year-old beau made national news should be returned to her longtime northern Virginia home after the musician Cher promised to pay to fix it up.

In a court deposition, Cher said she was inspired last year when she a saw news story about Edith Hill and her newlywed husband, Eddie Harrison.

Hill and Harrison were separated after their marriage became embroiled in a court dispute over whether Hill had the mental capacity to marry her companion. Court records indicate that Hill suffers from mild dementia.

Harrison died in December, just weeks after Hill was taken away to Florida on the recommendation of a court-appointed guardian, but a custody dispute continued over who should care for Hill and where she should live.

Cher said she will help pay for needed upgrades to Hill's family home in Alexandria.

In a telephone interview, Cher expressed frustration that Eddie and Edith had been split up against their wishes.

"This whole thing is a travesty, what happens to old people," she said. "Once they do the repairs and she comes back home, it's going to be bittersweet because she only wanted to be with him."

Earlier this month, after Cher offered to pay for the home improvements, a judge ordered that Hill should return to Alexandria once repairs are complete.

"Mom's coming home!" said Hill's daughter, Rebecca Wright, of Annandale, in a phone interview Tuesday. Wright had been the biggest supporter of Hill and Harrison's marriage.

In December, a court-appointed guardian for Hill, Jessica Niesen, had Hill moved to Florida to live with another daughter. Harrison stayed in Virginia. Later that month, Harrison died.

"He actually gave his life to this effort," Wright said of Harrison and his battle to have his union with Hill recognized and to live with his wife. Wright said he was heartbroken when Hill was moved to Florida and gloomy about his prospects of ever seeing her again. The two had been companions for more than a decade before they married.

The custody case over Hill remains ongoing, despite the judge's order that Hill be returned to Alexandria.  (Continue Reading)

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Cher Promises To Help 96-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Return Home

See Also:
Marriage of Newlyweds, Ages 96 and 95, Questioned

Newlywed Man, 95, Dies After Wife Taken Away


Betty said...

Wow, that's so very generous of her and I hope it brings attention to the subject of guardianship abuse.

Sylvia Rudek said...

Applause & Standing Ovation CHER! Your caring and concern and generosity will make a difference in Edith Hill's life.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this wonderful?

Sue Harmon said...

I have to say I am stunned, pleasantly stunned that a celebrity would take notice of this situation and then do something about it. How often does THAT happen? Rare, unusual is my thinking.

Thank you Ms Cher for taking the time and to fund efforts to make a difference in Ms. Hill's life.

God Bless You!!!

Sierra said...

It is wonderful and I'm glad to see a celebrity get involved in this issue. I bet Cher doesn't realize she's a prime candidate herself when she gets old.

Kathleen said...

Thank you Cher for your kindness and compassion to someone in need.

Ivory said...

How exciting for this family and the cause.