image via the Jamaica Observer.
Violet Mosse Brown, a 117-year-old woman, who hails from Duanvale, Trelawny in Jamica, is now the world’s oldest person. Mosse Brown’s eldest child, Harold Fairweather, 96, is also thought to be the world’s oldest person with a living parent.
Mosse Brown earned the unique distinction following the death of previous World’s Oldest Human Emma Morano of Italy. Morano, born in 1899, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Affectionately known as Aunt Vi, Mosse Brown was born at time when Jamaica was still under British Rule and holds British birth records. Her parents, John Mosse and Elizabeth Riley (who lived to be 96 years-old) raised her in the same house that she lives in to this day.
Back in 2010, while celebrating her 110th birthday, Mosse Brown was asked about her secret for longevity.
“Honour your mother and father so your days may be long,” she told the Jamaica Gleaner.
“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.