Elderly Couple Gets Married After 10 Years of Being Together

Elderly Couple Gets Married After 10 Years of Being Together
Sun 14-09-2014

Edith Hill, 96 married Eddie Harrison, 95, after they have been together for over 10 years.

Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia."

The courts, though, and some of Wright's other relatives aren't amused. And the future for newlyweds Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, is very much uncertain.

The two have been companions for more than a decade, they struck up a conversation while standing in line for lottery tickets, with one of the tickets turning into a $2,500 winner.

They married earlier this year, with a 95-year-old church elder presiding over the ceremony.

"I guess I wanted company," Hill said in an interview, explaining why she married.

"I wanted somebody I could help, and they could help me. ... We were both single. My husband was gone. His wife was gone. We became the best of friends."

Legally, though, the wedding has been problematic. Hill has been declared legally incapacitated for several years. A judge said at a hearing earlier this month that he believes Wright — co-guardian over her mother along with Rebecca Wright's sister who opposed the marriage — acted improperly by taking her mother to get married without the court's permission.

"The first time I married I didn't know what I was doing," he said. "I was 18. She was 26. Two weeks later I wanted a divorce."