Former Vancouver choir singer faces murder charge in death of husband

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A former member of the Vancouver Bach Choir says it may have been a tragic outcome of a marriage crippled by dementia.

This as a former Vancouver woman faces a second degree murder charge in the death of her husband in New York.

Sydney Preston says 83 year old choir colleague Phyllis Eson struggled to cope with the deteriorating health of her husband,  89 year old Norman Eson, before the couple moved to the United States.

“He was getting dementia and Alzheimer’s while she was in the choir, and she was having a terrible time looking after him. She would come to choir really really stressed out.”

She adds “There’s been a lot of wake up calls, and there isn’t enough help, absolutely not, not for the caregiver and not for the person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s dreadful.”

The Associated Press reports Eson was arrested last week at the couple’s home.

Reports indicate her husband was found dead on the floor and an autopsy determined he died from blows to his head.

The couple was also formerly involved with the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia.

The woman made an appearance in court for an arraignment hearing Monday.

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