The oldest living American, Hester Ford, has died at her home at age 116 surrounded by her family members.
Ford lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for 58 years. She had 12 children, 48 grandchildren, 108 great-grandchildren, and around 120 great-great-grandchildren.
“It’s a sad day but it’s also a great day in heaven,” great-grandaughter Tanisha Patterson-Powe said. “Although we’re saddened by it, we take great pride in the legacy that she does leave behind.”
Ford was born in 1904 in North Carolina when Teddy Roosevelt was president. She lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic along with countless other historical events and relied on her faith for strength, her family said.
“She was a pillar and stalwart to our family and provided much needed love, support and understanding to us all,” a statement from her family read.
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