Jamaican citizen, Violet Brown becomes world's oldest woman as she turns 117

Posted April 19, 2017

"Honor your mother and father so your days may be long", she said, quoting the Old Testament.

"I always thought my grandmother would live a long time because she was doing really well when she got to 100", he told the newspaper. This conflicts with unofficial reports of a 134 year-old woman now living in Nigeria.

She has been a faithful, industrious church member, according to the Jamaica Baptist Reporter of the Jamaica Baptist Union.

Hailing from the same part of the island as Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Brown on Saturday became the world's oldest person after the death of Emma Morano of Italy. "Back in the old days, the church had only visiting pastors and they would have to sleep in the church if they wanted to stay overnight or for a few days".

Violet, who is from Duanvale, Trelawny in Jamaica, was born in March 1900 and is affectionately known as Aunt V. To put that in perspective, when she was born Queen Victoria was still ruling.

She should know - the 117-year-old Jamaican is the newest oldest person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

She also still has five out of six of living children, including her oldest son, 97-year-old Harold Fairweather, with whom she spends most of her days. After her husband's death in 1997, she took over his job as a record-keeper for the local cemetery.

"She's the oldest person that we have sufficient documentation for at this time", Young said. Guinness World Records officially confirmed Morano as the last living person to have been born in the 1800s.

"I've done almost everything at the church". Food-wise, Violet says there is no secret formula although she does abstain from certain things. She later became a businesswoman in her own right, cultivating her own sugarcane. "I spent all my time in the church".