At 117, Jamaican woman likely just became world's oldest

This conflicts with unofficial reports of a 134 year-old woman now living in Nigeria.

Jamaican Violet Brown is the new "oldest living person in the world".

The supercentenarian, who still eats everything except chicken and pork, credits her long life to her deep faith in God and hard work.

Affectionately nicknamed Aunt V, Violet Mosse-Brown was born March 10, 1900.

Brown has worked as a dressmaker, cleaner, music teacher and church organist throughout her life. She inherited the title of world's oldest person on Saturday, after the death of Italian Emma Morano, who was 117 years and 137 days old.

Last year Vela, a retired seamstress, became the oldest living Spaniard. Morano was born on November 29, 1899 and was the last living person born during the 1800s prior to her death.

'Honour your mother and father so your days may be long, ' she told the Gleaner, quoting her favourite verse in the Old Testament. Jamaica's Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, announced her milestone on Twitter Sunday (April 15).

Guinness World Records officially confirmed Morano as the last living person to have been born in the 1800s.

Meanwhile, Jamaicans have been celebrating Mosse Brown's achievement.

Her eldest child, 96-year-old Harold Fairweather, is believed to be the world's oldest living person with a living parent.

"I've done almost everything at the church", she said.

"I expected she'd be the oldest person in Spain one day, but I never imagined she'd be the oldest in Europe". "I feel I would have passed off a long time ago, but thank God for what he has given me". And while she is hard of hearing, she offered swift, complete responses to questions about her life and family. I would do every work myself.

After her husband's death in 1997, the woman took over his responsibilities and became a record-keeper for the local cemetery.

  • Elsie Buchanan