Violet Mosse-Brown, a Jamaican woman born 117 years ago has become the oldest person in the world after the death of Emma Morano, the Italian woman who was previously the oldest human being on the planet when she died at 117 on Saturday.
Mosse-Brown affectionately known as ‘Aunt V’ was named oldest woman by The Gerontology Research Group, which keeps a verified list of those over 110. But the Guinness Book of World Records says it is still researching a ‘number of candidates,’ according to the New York Daily News.
Aunt V was born 117 years ago on March 10, 1900! In an interview the super-centenarian revealed that her Christian faith is the secret to her longevity.
“Thank God for what he has given to me. This what God has given me, so I have to take it, long life,” Brown said. “I’ve done nearly everything at the church. I spent all my time in the church.” Her eldest living son is 97 (update: now deceased).
According to the Violet Mosse Foundation, Brown was raised in the Christian faith. She was baptized over 100 years ago at the age of 13 in the Trittonville Baptist Church in the Duanvale district of Trelawny.
It seems the air in her hometown is particularly special because Duanvale is the same Jamaican parish where Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt comes from.
Whenever she is asked about what has contributed to her longevity Brown proudly says, “My faith in serving God, and believing strongly in the teaching of the Bible.” She is especially fond of the part of the scripture in the Bible that says “honor your parents that your days on this earth may be long.“
According to a report by Daily Mail, in Aunty V’s 115th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II sent her a congratulatory letter.
More recently the centenarian was honored by a group of Baptist churches in Jamaica, for her service in children’s and music ministry. “She was hailed as a mentor, historian, disciplinarian, business woman, outstanding church and community leader.”
“The guest of honor was also lauded and cited as a person of exemplary character and an ardent, dedicated and faithful servant of God, who served her church for more than 80 years in varying capacities,” according to The Jamaica Baptist Reporter.
Brown also credits working hard and eating healthy for her long life saying, “I don’t eat pork and I don’t eat chicken. But I eat any other things: greens, mutton, beef, fish, that’s what I eat.”
On Saturday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his congratulations to Brown:
At 117, she is still able to sit up by herself and walk short distances but she is able to respond to questions about her life and family.
Meanwhile, Brown’s eldest son is 97 years old, which could possibly make him the oldest living person in the world with a parent who is also alive.