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Hester Ford , the oldest living American woman dies at 116 with 125 great-grandchildren

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Publish Date : 2021-04-19 18:06:49
Hester Ford , the oldest living American woman dies at 116 with 125 great-grandchildren

Hester Ford, a woman who was recognised as the oldest living American, passed away peacefully in her home in North Carolina. The 116-year-old woman grew up picking cotton, got married at 14 and became the oldest living American who left behind 120 great-great-grandchildren.

"She was a pillar and stalwart to our family and provided much-needed love, support and understanding to us all," said her great-granddaughter, Tanisha Patterson-Powe, in a statement emailed to news outlets.

Ford was born in 1904 in Lancaster, South Carolina to Peter and Frances McCardell, where she grew up working on a farm planting and picking cotton and ploughing the fields. According to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks "supercentenarians", Ford was 115 years old and 245 days when she passed.

Hester Mccardell Ford: "I just live right, all I know,

At the age of 14, she married John Ford and they had 12 children, eight girls and four boys, 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and at least 120 great-great-grandchildren, according to Huff Post.

"It is overwhelming, yet an awakening experience to realize my grandmother wasn't just an ordinary woman, she was E-X-T-R-A-ordinary,Patterson-Powe told CNN in an email.

"She never 'fit into a one size fit all box' as she was a master inventor and innovator -- a trailblazer setting her own trends within the community and her home," she said.

Her family went on to say that in her final years her routine involved a breakfast that always included half a banana, a trip outside for fresh air, weather permitting, and sitting in her recliner looking at family albums, doing puzzles and listening to gospel music.

"I just live right, all I know," she said when asked about the secret to her longevity.

Who is oldest living person in the world?

According to the Gerontology Research Group, with Ford's passing Thelma Sutcliffe of Nebraska, born in 1906, is now the oldest living American however, the world's oldest person is Kane Tanaka of Japan at 118 years old, it says.


Oscars 2021: Best Actress nominees, from Frances McDormand to Viola Davis

As we take a look at the strong female leads this year, we cant help but take a look at the actresses who have been overlooked in the past. As Melissa Leo breathed fire as a ferocious Mother Superior, it seemed that the two-time

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Vanessa Kirby | Pieces of a Woman
Vanesa Kirby has become known through her role as the fragile young Princess Margaret in The Crown but her new role in Pieces of a Woman might leave you surprised. Kirby plays Martha, a Boston woman whose home birth results in unspeakable loss, from which Martha spends the rest of the film excavating herself. In her grief-stricken role, Kirby hits a nerve for many viewers who are either parents or have gone through a similar loss. While she is an underdog in the array of nominated talented actresses this year, but we still believe the moving performance could lead to a victory this year.

Frances McDormand | Nomadland
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Carey Mulligan | Promising Young Woman
The British actress has received numerous awards and nominations, including one British Academy Film Award, a Critics Choice Award and nominations for two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and one Tony Award but this one was an unexpected one. In her role as Cassie, Mulligan embraces her characters trauma and tendency to put herself in danger as she embarks on a journey or revenge against men. Cassie is wickedly smart and cunning, but she is living a secret life. The film introduces Cassie a seemingly drunk in a nightclub, in serious need of rescuing from drunk ill-intended men but all of a sudden the realisation of what is about to happen to her sobers us up and she begins her master plan.



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