At 117, Jamaican woman likely just became world's oldest

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 DAILY DEVOTION Violet Brown reads her'Daily Bread prayer companion

Image Text DAILY DEVOTION Violet Brown reads her'Daily Bread prayer companion

"This is what God has given me, so I have to take it - long life", Brown said in an interview in her home in the town of Duanvale. She's also the last living subject of Queen Victoria. "I'm happy she didn't suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly". The oldest of eight children, she outlived them all, including a sister who lived to be 102.

Raised Christian, she has been a music teacher and church organist for over 80 years.

Emma Morano, who died in her Italian home at 117 and 137 days old on April 15, previously held the longevity record.

Brown lives at home in Trelawny, Jamaica, with her 97-year-old son and her grandson. And her parents both lived to 96 years old, according to the Jamaica Observer.

"Honour your mother and father so your days may be long", said Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900 - 67 years before Jamaica was founded.

Violet succeeds Italy's Emma Morano as the world's oldest person. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. As for the secret to such a long life, the 117-year-old credits hard work (she was a sugarcane farmer) and a strong foundation in her faith.

Ms Morano also said her health was due to eating three eggs a day - two of them raw - which she started doing after being diagnosed with anaemia shortly after the First World War.

Guinness depends heavily on Mr Young's database when deciding on the title.

He added: "She's the oldest person that we have sufficient documentation for at this time". But the Guinness Book of World Records says it is still researching a 'number of candidates, ' according to the New York Daily News.

"I've done almost everything at the church".

As time went on she purchased her own property and became an entrepreneur, owning the only bread depot in the district.

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