Hester Ford has 48 grandchildren, 108 great-grandchildren, and approximately 120 great-great-grandchildren.
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The oldest living American celebrated a remarkable 116 years of life this weekend.

Or is it 115? Hester Ford is so old there’s a bit of a debate surrounding her true age.

Either way, she’s earned quite a party.

On Saturday, Ford’s family, friends, and neighbors marked the incredible occasion with a giant drive-thru celebration organized by two of her grandkids: Mary Hill and Clayton Harris. Well-wishers honked and waved as they drove past the Charlotte home where Ford has lived for the last 58 years.

Hill and Harris told WCNC that their granny, who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic, understands the coronavirus pandemic that is happening right now.

According to her family, Census Bureau documents indicate that Ford was born in 1905. But, another recently unearthed set of Census Bureau documents say she was born in 1904, The Charlotte Observer reports.  Either way, as of July 30, Ford is the oldest person on record living in the United States.

If she’s 115 (the age the Gerontology Research Group certified her to be) Ford is the sixth-oldest person still living on the planet. If she is 116, she would be the planet’s third-oldest living resident.

The oldest living human is Kane Tanaka of Japan. He will turn 118 on January 2.

Ford’s secret to longevity? “I just live right, all I know,” she mused.

The supercentenarian was born on a farm in Lancaster County, South Carolina, where she grew up plowing and picking cotton. She married John Ford at age 14 and gave birth to the first of their 12 children (eight girls and four boys) at age 15. Their union ultimately begot 48 grandchildren, 108 great-grandchildren, and approximately 120 great-great-grandchildren.

The family moved to Charlotte in 1953, where she worked for more than 20 years as a nanny. Her husband died in 1963, at the age of 57.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Ford continued to live in that same house on her own until she was 108, when she fell in the bathtub and bruised her ribs. For the past several years, three daughters have lived with her.

Hill and Harris told WCNC that they feel blessed to have so many years with their grandmother.

“It’s so important if you do have loved ones, no matter what their age, cherish them especially when they get older. and don’t forget to celebrate them,” Harris said. “Because life is so short.