Violet Moss Brown was dubbed the world’s oldest person in April but just months later, the 117-year-old passed away at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St. James.
The lifelong Jamaican resident, born on March 10, 1900, died on Friday afternoon. She captured our hearts with her advice for living a long and healthy life.
“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 them things,”Brown told The Jamaican Gleaner in 2010.
The supercentenarian worked as a music teacher and church organist for 80 years before becoming a record-keeper for a local cemetery. Not only was Brown born before Jamaica was founded, she was the last living person to have been under Queen Victoria’s reign when Jamaica belonged to the British West Indies.
The New York Daily News reports that during the time leading up to Brown’s death, there was strife among her family revolving around whether she was being placed in the best possible care.
Senior Consultant for Gerontology for Guinness World Records Robert Young told the outlet Brown was one of the most impressive supercentenarians he’d met.
“Ms. Brown could see, talk, hear, walk with assistance, et cetera. Among the less than 10 persons in history who have reached age 117, Ms. Brown was probably among the two in best shape,” Young said. “I’ve met quite a few supercentenarians in my decades of study, but Ms. Violet Brown was the most extraordinary supercentenarian that I’ve met.”