Hesterford, the oldest American, died in North Carolina, her family said.
Ford is 115 or 116 years old, based on an accurate census report. According to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks “supercentenarians”, her age is 115 years, 245 days as of July 30. Most live in the United States
Ford died Saturday after living through the 1918 flu andThe Great World War II pandemic and the civil rights movement, Tanisha Patterson-Powe Her great granddaughter said in a statement received from CBS subsidiary WBTV that she “shone out of her space”.
“She is not only a representative of our family̵7;s progress. But also the ethnic and African-American ethnicity and culture of our country, ”said Patterson-Powle.“ She is a reminder of how far we have come as a person on this planet. It has been honored around the world by local governments, community leaders, social media, international dignitaries and presidents as a lovely gem of society in honor of Is the oldest living person in America. “
Ford was born in Lancaster, South Carolina and grew up working on a farm where she cultivated and collected cotton, plowed and cut wood.
She married John Ford, a ironsmith for 45 years, and the couple moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1953.She has been in town since then and has become. Being a regular in the community She was a member of the Baptist Macedonian Church long before the coronavirus outbreak.She attended the first Sunday of every month for her participation. Last year, the county commissioner announced September 1 to be Hesterford Day in Mecklenburg, the WBTV reported.
Ford has 12 children, 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and at least 120 great-grandchildren.
“Even after she is gone, her legacy and memory will continue through her family and everyone she touches to make the world a better place for generations to come.” Powell said.