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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) – The oldest dwelling American and Charlotte resident, Hester Ford, has died on the age of 116, her household posted on Fb Saturday evening. “It’s with nice disappointment that we announce the passing of our beloved Mom Hester McCardell Ford at this time,” the assertion learn.
“She was a pillar and stalwart to our household and offered much-needed love, help and understanding to us all. She was the seed that sprouted leaves and branches which is now our household.”
Based on Gerontology, Ford was the oldest dwelling American and sixth oldest particular person on the earth.
Ford was born in Lancaster County, S.C. on August 15, 1904, and went on to have 12 youngsters along with her husband, and has greater than 50 grand-kids and 120 great-grand-kids.
Ford married her husband, John Ford, on the age of 15 they usually moved to Charlotte in 1953, the place they lived for 10 years earlier than he handed.
“Her gentle shined past her native space and she or he lived past a century with recollections containing actual life expertise of over 100 years,” the assertion continued. “She not solely represented the development of our household however of the Black African American race and tradition in our nation.”
On Sept. 1, 2020, Mecklenburg County declared the day “Mom Hester McCardell Ford Day.”
Ford labored as a nanny for greater than 20 years for 2 households in Myers Park, and was a long-standing member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
“Though she has handed, her legacy and reminiscence will proceed to dwell on by her household and everybody she has touched to make the world a greater place for generations to return,” the assertion stated. “In closing, we might sincerely prefer to thank everybody for his or her help, prolonged gratitude as we maintain her legacy alive. As we pause from our day-to-day actions allow us to mirror on how far we’ve come and the place we’re aspiring to go within the title and legacy of Mom Hester McCardell Ford.”