Hester Ford was born in 1905. She is currently 112 years old, which makes her the ninth oldest living person in the United States of America. She celebrated her 112th birthday on the 15th of August 2017. For her special day, her family hosted a cookout in her honor. While Ford was being honored on the day of her birthday party cookout, she has been aiming to honor God with her entire life. There is something incredibly inspiring about a woman at the age of 112 and still keeping her faith strongly on the Lord.
Ford has said that she is ready to go home. Ford’s daughter, Hattie Thomas, spoke to WCNC about these discussions she has had with her mother about “going home.” Thomas explained, “She wants to go home to be with Jesus. But we told her he’s not ready because he has something else for her to do here.”
And Ford has been doing a lot here. She had 12 children with her husband. She lived on a farm where she plowed and picked cotton. She told The Charlotte Observer that her biggest piece of advice is, “Hard work won’t kill you.” Not only is she a living testimony to that piece of advice, but also to being a woman of faith.
Ford has dementia, yet, she can still perfectly recite Bible verses. Psalm 23 is her favorite. When you watch Ford recite Psalm 23, you don’t notice that her ability to see is almost gone. Ford has seen much, and continues to see where her focus should be. You don’t notice that she can barely hear anymore. You simply hear the beautiful Bible verses being recited from memory from a faithful 112-year-old woman ready to meet Jesus.