‘I’m Living for the Lord’: Longest Living American, Hester McCardell Ford, Dies at 116


After living through “real life experience” of two pandemics; both world wars; and raising 12 children, 48 grandchildren, 108 great-grandchildren and approximately 120 great-great-grandchildren, the longest living American, Hester McCardell Ford, died Saturday in her home, surrounded by loved ones.

“She not only represented the advancement of our family but of the Black African American race and culture in our country. She was a reminder of how far we have come as people on this earth,” the family said in a statement released on Facebook.

In sharing her secret to longevity, Ford credited her faith in the Lord: “I’m living for the Lord, hun,” she said after celebrating her 116th birthday in August 2020.

During her 115th birthday celebration, the community of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, proclaimed Sept. 1 as “Mother Hester McCardell Ford Day”.

Certainly dancing with Jesus, her family rejoiced that Ford would now be in heaven with her late husband, John, who died in 1963, just three years after moving to the house in Charlotte, where Ford would live without in-home assistance until the age of 108.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Nadia Joy Schult

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