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Violet Mosses Brown Now World's Oldest Person at 117

Violet Mosses Brown Now World's Oldest Person at 117

Violet Mosses Brown, 117, at her home in Duanvale, Jamaica. (AP Photo/Raymond Simpson)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:25 AM

Violet Mosses Brown of Jamaica is now the world's oldest person at 117, inheriting the title after the death of Emma Morano, who died on Saturday in Italy.

Known as "Aunt V," Brown was born in 1900 and has been a "staunch contributor" to her church, according to USA Today. She was baptized at 13 years old.

"Honor your mother and father so your days may be long," Brown told the Jamaica Gleaner in 2010 when she was a spry 110, crediting the Ten Commandments for her respect for family, life and people in general.

"Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don't drink rum and dem tings. You know, sometimes I ask myself, 'Am I really 110 years old?' because I don't feel like 110," she added.

According to the Jamaica Observer in 2015, Brown had been recognized then by the Gerontology Research Group in the United States as the Jamaica's oldest living person.

Robert Young, the senior data base administrator for the Gerontology Research Group, told the Observer it has been consultanting with the Guinness World Record since 2000.

"To the citizens of Trelawny parish and Jamaica as a whole, I say with a nation of 2.8 inhabitants, Jamaica is the smallest nation to have produced a verified 115-year-old person," Young said then.

The Observer said Brown is known as a "kind shopkeeper" in the community and people have been impressed with her remarkable memory.

Guinness World Records announced the passing of Morano in a statement on Saturday. Morano was believed to have been the last known living person born in the 19th century with a birthday of 1899.

"She joined our celebrated hall of fame with her amazing achievement when she was announced in 2016 as the oldest living female, and was officially confirmed as the last person to be born in the 1800s."

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