- Hester Ford, a black woman believed to be the oldest woman in the United States, has become an internet sensation as she marks her 116th birthday
- Reports say Hester, with 12 children, has 48 grandchildren and about 200 great-grandchildren
- Hester is so celebrated that the mayor of her community has declared August 15 her day
Hester Ford, claimed to be the oldest living American, has marked her 116th year birthday in a unique way as a result of the globally ravaging coronavirus.
Hester has been an internet sensation with her photographs and videos of the celebration rocking social media since the news broke.
The woman, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrated her birthday with few family members around her, a report by Daily Mail stated.
Metro also reports that she has 12 children, 48 grandchildren with about 200 great-grandchildren.
The birthday celebration on Thursday, August 13, it was learnt, was held ahead of the main day.
Born in South Carolina ahead of World War I in 1904, she has lived in Charlotte for at least 59 years and is seen as a celebrity. To honour her, the Mayor of Charlotte's, Vi Lyles, has declared 15 August ‘Mother Hester Ford Day’.
Funny enough, Hester is said to be confused concerning how she has managed to live so long.
With the death of Alelia Murphy at 115 in November 2019, Hester is believed to now be the oldest woman.
Married to John Ford, a steel worker, when she was 14, in 1918 her husband reportedly died at the age of 57 in 1963.
It is learnt that at her age, Hester is now the third-oldest person alive.
Kane Tanaka from Japan turned 117 on January 2 while Lucile Randon, a woman from France, is senior to Hester by seven months.
In the face of the celebration, however, there is controversy over her age. While she claims to be born in 1905, fresh documents seen in 2019 showed that she was born in 1904.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported how a 104-year-old Italian woman identified as Ada Zanusso recently became the world's oldest person to survive the coronavirus.
Ada, who survived the 1918 Spanish Flu, took ill at her nursing home in Biella in northern Italy on Tuesday, March 17, eight days after the government imposed a lockdown on the country.
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