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Hester Ford, the United States oldest living personMita Haque, Rabindra musician

News and Entertainment

Mita Haque (58) Haque was born in September 1972 in Dhaka. She was the wife of late actor Khaled Khan. Her uncle is Wahidul Haque, a pioneer of the cultural movement in the country and a Rabindra researcher. In 1990, she released her first album 'Amar Mon Mane Na'. She released approximately twenty albums during her career. Haque was awarded the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, by the government in 2020 for her contributions to music. Her daughter Jayita is also a Rabindra musician. Haque suffered from medical issues for several years finally succumbed to Covid19 on April 11th.

Society and Religion

Hester Ford (115) Ford was at least 115 years and 245 days old at the time of her death, according to the Gerontology Research Group, who verified her as the oldest living American in 2019. Her family believes she was born on August 15, 1904, which would make her 116 years old. Ford was born and grew up on a farm in South Carolina, where she plowed and picked cotton for a living. She married at 14 years old, taking care of the home and 12 children while her husband, John, worked at a local steel mill. The couple later moved closer to Charlotte, North Carolina. During her long life, she witnessed two World Wars, the Great Depression and the terms of 21 U.S. presidents. She was also one of the few people to live through the two worst pandemics in modern history: the 1918 influenza outbreak and the Covid-19 pandemic. Ford celebrated her last birthday in August amid the coronavirus lockdown. Died at her home in Charlotte, N.C., on April 17, 2021

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