103-year-old woman, 83-year-old daughter avoid eviction - CBS46 News

103-year-old woman, 83-year-old daughter avoid eviction

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A 103-year-old grandmother and her 83-year-old daughter will be allowed to stay in their foreclosed home in Northwest Atlanta.

Fulton County sheriff's deputies arrived at the home to evict the pair on Tuesday.

Elvinia Hall lived at the home with her daughter, Kathleen Cornelius, for more than 50 years.

The ordeal was so stressful for Cornelius that paramedics rushed her to the hospital with breathing problems.

Chase Bank, that owns the house on Penelope Road, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"We will work out a resolution to keep them in the home permanently," Chase spokesman Tom Kelly wrote.

Relatives said they were thrilled by the news.

"We are extremely elated for all the people in the city who rallied behind them," Ali Muhammad said, who told CBS Atlanta the home holds many memories for his mom and grandmother. "We're just extremely gratified."

"I love it," Elvinia Hall said of her home on Tuesday. "It's a mansion."

Hall's grandson told CBS Atlanta he failed to make several mortgage payments, and the home went into foreclosure.

"I am the person who is responsible," said Ali Muhammad. "I take full responsibility in this, but beyond that they don't need to be thrown out of their home, no matter what."

Sheriff's deputies and a moving truck that had also arrived left after television crews showed up.

A spokesman for one of the banks involved said the family foreclosed in 2008 and the case had been in litigation since then. Georgia's Court of Appeals finally ruled in the bank's favor late last year.

Initially, Chase Bank said the elderly women could stay in the house through the holidays but late Wednesday afternoon had a change of heart and will allow them to stay permanently while the two sides work out a financial agreement.

"This is quite a happy ending," Muhammad said.

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