Detroit woman who worked in WWII bomber factory celebrates 102nd birthday

Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-20 00:33:47-04

(WXYZ) — A long-term resident at an assisted living center in Southfield celebrated a major milestone on Thursday.

Hester Crawford turned 102nd birthday on August 18th.

Her friends at St. Anne's Mead Assisted Living threw her a big party the day before.

Crawford was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky in 1920 and visited Detroit in 1940. Her aunt convinced her to stay.

She went on to work in a B-24 bomber factory during World War II.

“I felt like I was making a difference,” Crawford said. Eventually, she went on to work at a hospital in Highland Park, and met her future husband.

“I love to watch sports, especially baseball, football, and car racing. I love being in the city, and all that city life has to offer," she said.