America’s oldest particular person has died, however she left behind fairly a legacy — not the least of that are some 120 great-great-grandchildren.
Born in 1904 in Lancaster, South Carolina, Ford grew up engaged on a farm, planting and selecting cotton and plowing the fields, the native station stated.
Along with her legion of great-greats, the matriarch had 12 youngsters, 48 grandchildren and 108 great-grandchildren, in line with the report.
Her exact age was unclear. One set of census data reveals her start as Aug. 15, 1904, however one other set reveals she was born in 1905. Nonetheless, final yr the Gerontology Analysis Group reportedly declared she was the oldest particular person within the US.
She died peacefully at house surrounded by household, her great-granddaughter stated, in line with the station.
“Her mild shined past her native space and he or she lived past a century with recollections containing real-life expertise of over 100 years,” Tanisha Patterson-Powe reportedly stated.
“She not solely represented the development of our household however of the Black African American race and tradition in our nation. She was a reminder of how far we have now come as individuals on this earth. She has been celebrated everywhere in the world by native governments, neighborhood leaders, social media, overseas dignities and presidents as a cherished jewel of society for holding the honour of being the oldest residing particular person in America.”
Ford’s husband of 45 years died in 1963, a half-century in the past, in line with the report.
COVID-19 was not the church-going girl’s first pandemic; she additionally lived by means of the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Ford ate half of a banana for breakfast each day, and when requested to the key of her longevity final yr, she stated: “I simply reside proper, all I do know.”
Native county commissioners declared Sept. 1 as Mom Hester McCardell Ford Day in Mecklenburg County, in her honor final yr.
“We’re honored and we simply thank God for the chance to have fun her,” Mary Hill, one in all Hester Ford’s 68 grandchildren stated, in line with the native station.
“She simply continues to be a blessing to us. And he or she tells us on a regular basis. You might be right here to be a blessing to another person.”