My grandpa always says: "In the end it is all about the relationships you have with people and the memories you have with them".

That couldn't be more true. We all love making memories with our friends and family, but for Hester Ford, she has lived more memories than anyone in America.

When Hester was born, Theodore Roosevelt was elected to his second term as President of the United States. In fact, the coronavirus pandemic was not exactly the first pandemic she has lived through. Born in 1904 in Lancaster, South Carolina, she grew up during the swine flu pandemic in 1918.

She had quite the extensive family, too. That must be a lot of birthday cards to send out. When she passed away last week, she left behind quite the legacy,

  • 12 children
  • 48 grandchildren
  • 108 great-grandchildren
  • and "approximately" 120 great-great-grandchildren.

Her family left a statement that wrote:

Her light shined beyond her local area and she lived beyond a century with memories containing real life experience of over 100 years," the statement continues. "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."


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