Theodore Roosevelt was elected to his second term in office in 1904 when Hester Ford, the oldest living American was born.
The oldest woman in America celebrated her 116th birthday in Charlotte, North Carolina, last Saturday, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, her grandchildren gave her a deserved celebration.
Ford is said to have lived in her Charlotte home for more than 58 years, and family and friends drove by that home, honking and waving.
According to her grandchildren, Ford is also a devote Christian and her Church is just 5 minutes away, though the COVID-19 pandemic has forced her indoors.
“Her Church is 5 minutes away, she loves her church,” Hill one of her Grandchildren said.
“She usually calls once in a month the first Sunday of the month, but with the virus, she hasn’t been able to go, So they always send CDs and the deacons come and give her communion,” Hill said.
Hill said her grandmother, received so much love from both her blood family and church family.
“It’s so important if you do have loved ones, no matter what their age, cherish them especially when they get older, and don’t forget to celebrate them, because life is so short,” Harris another grandchild said.
Ford was born on August 15, 1904, in Lancaster, South Carolina. The oldest living American has now lived through two pandemics: The 1918 Flu and the current Coronavirus pandemic.
In her early life, she worked on a farm where she planted and picked cotton. She also plowed the field and cut wood.
Ford later married and the couple had 12 children; 8 girls and 4 boys.
In 1953, she moved to Charlotte, her present location, where she worked for more than 20 years as a nanny for two families in Myers Park.
Ford has a large family of 12 children, 48 grandchildren, 108 great-grandchildren, and approximately 120 great-great-grandchildren