In a move that some may say is a victory for the 99 percent movement, a 103-year-old Georgia woman and 83-year-old daughter were spared only moments before they were set to be evicted from their longtime home on Tuesday after local sheriff's deputies and movers refused to obey the foreclosing bank's orders.
The incident, covered by Atlanta's local WSB-TV Channel 2, occurred after a Deutsche Bank branch requested the eviction of Vita Lee from her home of 53-years after she reportedly failed to keep up payments on a second mortgage. However, the television station reports both the Fulton County sheriff's deputies and the movers hired by Deutsche bank refused to follow through on their orders after taking one look at Lee, who will celebrate her 104th birthday in a few weeks.
I saw the sheriffs, who came to put them out, take off and leave. I gave all glory to God, community activist Michael Langford told the station.
Although Lee has reportedly been battling foreclosure for years, she told reporters she is not worried about being kicked out of her home because God don't let them do wrong.
Please don't come in and disturb me no more. When I'm gone you all can come back and do whatever they want to, Lee said.
Lee's daughter, who was not named, was reportedly overwhelmed by the stress of the possible eviction and was rushed to the hospital the same day.
Lee is not the only centenarian who has faced eviction in recent months. In September, 101-year-old Texana Hollis, was evicted from her home after her 65-year-old son reportedly forgot to pay the mortgage. However, only days after, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offered to pay the property taxes owed on the home so Hollis and her son could return.