Emma Morano

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Emma Morano
Photo of Morano in 1943
Emma Martina Luigia Morano

29 November 1899 [1]
Died15 April 2017(2017-04-15) (aged 117)
Cause of deathHeart disease
OccupationJute factory worker
Height5 ft (152 cm)
  • Oldest living person in the World
  • Last living person been born in the 1800s
  • Oldest verified person ever to live in Italy
Spouse(s)Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901–1978)
(m. 1926–1978; his death) (separated in 1938)[2]
ChildrenOne child (1937–1937)[3]
Parent(s)Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani[4]

Emma Morano-Martinuzzi (29 November 1899 – 15 April 2017)[1][5] was an Italian supercentenarian. At the age of 117, she was the oldest living person in the world from 13 May 2016 until her death on 15 April 2017. She was the last verified person living to have been born in the 1800s.

She was the 4th-oldest person in history at her death, behind Jeanne Calment, Sarah Knauss and Marie-Louise Meilleur. She is the oldest person from Italy or ever lived in Italy and the oldest living Italian and European person after the death of Maria Redaelli on 2 April 2013.

Biography[change | change source]

Morano in 1900

She was born on 29 November 1899 in Civiasco (Province of Vercelli) in the region of Piedmont to Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani, the eldest of eight children, five daughters and three sons.

In October 1926, she married Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901-1978) and in 1937 her only child was born; unfortunately he died when he was only six months old. The marriage was not happy so in 1938, Morano decided to separate from her husband. On her 115th birthday, Morano was still living alone in her home.[2][3]

Morano died of heart disease, at her home in Pallanza, Italy, on 15 April 2017, at the age of 117 years and 137 days.[6][7] She was succeeded as the world's oldest living person by Violet Brown of Jamaica, and as the Europe's oldest living person by Ana Vela-Rubio of Spain.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oldest Validated Living Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Auguri alla nonna d'Italia che ha visto 10 Papi" (in Italian). Sanfrancescopatronoditalia.it. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Emma Morano, 112 anni: ha visto dieci Papi. Il segreto? Tre uova al dì" (in Italian). Blitzquotidiano.it. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  4. "La centenaria a caccia dei parenti locarnesi" (in Italian). Caffe.ch. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  5. Emma Morano has died
  6. "Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117". ABC News. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  7. "Morta Emma Morano, aveva 117 anni e 137 giorni". Archived from the original on 2017-04-16. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
Preceded by
Susannah Mushatt Jones
Oldest verified living person
12 May 2016 — 15 April 2017
Succeeded by
Violet Brown