Hester Ford was a pillar across the area. The Charlotte woman had witnessed a lot of the world’s history — 116 years worth. “She was a phenomenal woman, I want to say is because it is still shocking and fresh to me,” said Mary Hill, Hester Ford’s granddaughter.
Ford died on April 17 after living for well more than a century. She had been the oldest living American. “She would say, ‘No, Mary, what?’ Yes, grandma, you’re older than everybody in the whole United States,” Hill said. “She would laugh, chuckle.”
She died with her family at her side. “That day was regular,” said Hill. “We got her up…we bathed her in the bed. Once we got her up, we put her on the potty, took her blood pressure and vitals. Got her clothes together and started putting on her clothing and she was breaking OK.”
Then, Hill said, her Hester Ford’s breathing took a turn for the worse, and 911 was called.
Hester Ford loved to write, play cards, and the “The Fish” game. As the matriarch of a large family, Ford has 12 children, 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and approximately 100 great-great-grandchildren.