Hester McCardell Ford, the oldest dwelling American, has reportedly handed away in Charlotte, N.C.,. She was 116.
In response to the Charlotte Observer, Ford died in her residence peacefully on Saturday (April 17). Her husband, John Ford, handed away at age 57 in 1963.
Ford was born on a farm in Lancaster County, South Carolina. Information gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau exhibits that Hester was born in 1905, however one other set of Census Bureau paperwork stories that she was born in 1904, in keeping with CBS News. Nevertheless, in keeping with CNN, her household says Ford was born on August 15, 1904.
“She was a pillar and stalwart to our household and offered a lot wanted love, assist and understanding to us all,” Tanisha Patterson-Powe, Ford’s great-granddaughter, stated in a press release emailed to the newspaper on Saturday.
She has 12 kids, 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and not less than 120 great-great-grandchildren.
“She was the seed that sprouted leaves and branches which is now our household. God noticed match to make her the matriarch of our household and blessed us to be her caretakers and recipients of her legacy.”
In 2020, Charlotte’s mayor, Vi Lyles, formally declared August 15 “Mom Hester Ford Day,” in honor of her 116th birthday.