Humans grow up with full awareness that life will eventually come to an end, however successful the efforts of modern science have been in expanding human life expectancy, death will eventually come. However, there are people who live an impressive number of years and therefore their legacy is broader than that of many people.
Hester McCardell Ford was a woman born on August 15, 1905, in Lancaster County, South Carolina. She married John Ford at the young age of 14 and just a year later at 15, the couple had their first two children of the total twelve they would eventually be. Since their marriage, Hester had a normal life for a person of her time, and along with her husband, she dedicated herself to raising her children in the best possible way.
She moved with her husband to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1960, but in 1963, her husband died and from then on she lived alone until a few years ago when she moved with her family.
The most impressive thing about this woman is that she was still alive until very recently. That’s right, Hester became the oldest living American at 115 years old just a few weeks shy from her 116th birthday.
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Her twelve children of course also married and had children of their own so at the time of her death, Hester had an incredible number of 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and at least 120 great-great-grandchildren.
“She was a pillar and stalwart to our family and provided much-needed love, support, and understanding to us all,” said her great-granddaughter Tanisha Patterson-Powe.
There are disputes about her year of birth as there are records that would allow affirming that she was actually born in 1904, however, even that would not change her title as the oldest American because the previous record holder, Alelia Murphy, died at 114 years and 140 days old.
This amazing woman created an immense family during her lifetime, so despite her death, her legacy will remain quite alive for a very long.