Call her Ultra Violet.
Violet Mosses Brown, a resident of Duanvale, Trelawny in Jamaica is now the world’s oldest person. Brown was born in Jamaica on March 10, 1900, making her 117 years and 38 days old.
Emma Morano, who died in her Italian home at 117 and 137 days old on April 15, previously held the longevity record. Her birth on Nov. 29, 1899, made Morano the last person born in the 1800s.
When Brown was born, Jamaica was still under colonial rule under Queen Victoria. In 2015, Brown was given a letter by Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her 115th birthday.
The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) keeps a validated list of supercentenarians, those who have reached older than 110, so it didn’t take much to find out Brown was next in line. Following Brown on the list is Japan’s Nabi Tajima, who is 116 years and 256 days old.
Brown told the Jamaica Observer Sunday that she feels “happy to be the oldest person.”
In an earlier 2010 interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, ”Aunt V,” as they call her, said, “hard work and good food” were the secret to her old age.
Brown’s son, Harold Fairweather, is 97, so clearly longevity runs in this family. Fairweather is thought to be the world’s oldest person with a living parent.
The Gerontology Research Group is considered an official consultant on supercentenarians by Guinness World Records. Guinness told the News that while they work with the GRG to verify the oldest living person, they will conduct additional research before awarding the next person in line the official title of World’s Oldest Person.
“There are a number of candidates we are researching at the present time, therefore there is no confirmation of the new title holder, nor will there be until our thorough processes are complete,” said Jakki Lewis, a Guinness World Records spokesperson.
Most supercentenarians, according to the GRG, are women. In this elite club, it’s 42 women to one man.