Violet Brown Lived So Long She Made Her Son a Record-Holder Too (117 Years Old)
Known affectionately as “Aunt V,” Violet Mosse Brown of Jamaica was one of the last survivors of the 19th century. Born in 1900, the supercentenarian is also believed to be the last living subject of the British Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901. Brown was known for her tireless work in her church, where she served as an organist for eight decades. The oldest of her six children died at age 97, just a few months before his mother, and holds the record for the oldest person with a living parent. In interviews, Brown said there was no diet secret diet behind her long life, although she did note that she avoided pork, chicken, and rum. Above all, she considered her faith and service to her church to be key to her old age, which she wore with great pride. Brown died in 2017 at the age of 117 years and 189 days.