A North Carolina woman who was recognized as the oldest living American, died peacefully on Saturday in her home, her great-granddaughter confirmed.
Hester Ford was at least 115 years and 245 days old at the time of her death, according to the Gerontology Research Group, who verified her as the oldest living American in 2019. Her family, however, said that she was born on August 15, 1904, which would make her 116 years old.
Ford was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, to Peter and Frances McCardell. She went on to marry John Ford and had 12 children — eight girls and four boys.