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Hester Ford, the oldest American, dies

Hester Ford, believed to be the oldest American, lived to be plagued by two epidemics: World War II, discrimination against Jim Crow, civil rights movements, and 21 presidential elections. at her home in Charlotte, USA

Census records show conflicting information about his year of birth, but he was either 115 or 116 years old. The Gerontology Research Group, which tracks people over a hundred years old, or people over the age of 110, has reached 115 years և 245 days.

His death was confirmed by the family in a statement.

“She was a steadfast supporter of our family. “He gave us all the much-needed love, support and understanding,” said a statement from his granddaughter Tanisha Patterson-Pau.

Mrs. Ford was believed to have been born on August 15, 1905 or on a farm in Lancaster County, where she grew up cultivating fields and harvesting cotton. Theodore Roosevelt was president at the time.

She married John von Ford at the age of 14 and at the age of 15 gave birth to her first of 12 children.

The couple moved to Charlotte around 1960, and Mrs. Ford began working as a nanny. Mr. Ford died three years later at the age of 57. Mrs. Ford continued to live in their own home until she was 108 years old. Her family members said they had to move to help her after she fell in the bathroom and her ribs turned blue.

His eight daughters and four sons gave him 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren and at least 120 great-grandchildren.

“He represented not only the progress of our family, but also the progress of African-American culture and culture in our country,” said Ms. Patterson-Pau. “It reminded me of how far we as humans have come on this earth.”

Last year, Mrs. Ford celebrated her last birthday during the coronavirus epidemic with a parade of socially distant friends and family who tied up and waved from the street.

Asked what gifts she wanted, Ms. Ford told Charlotte WBTV: “Everything that someone will give me.”

The Gerontology Research Group lists the world’s oldest living person as Kane Tanaka in Aponia. He is 118 years old and 114 days old. The next oldest American is Thelma Sutcliffe, 114 years and 207 days old, living in Nebraska.

Mrs. Ford’s family said that their daily routine included breakfast, which always included half a banana, and և directions for fresh air. it allows the weather. և sits at his desk և looks at family albums, does puzzles սում listens to gospel music.

When asked about the secret to her longevity, she told the Charlotte Observer: “I just live right, everything I know.”

The Associated Press has contributed to this.

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