Violet Brown

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Violet Brown
Violet Mosse Brown

(1900-03-10)10 March 1900
Died15 September 2017(2017-09-15) (aged 117)
Other namesViolete Brown, Violet Mosse-Brown, Violet Moss
Known for
  • Oldest living person in the World (April–September 2017)
  • Oldest Jamaican person ever
  • First verified Jamaican supercentenarian
SpouseAugustus Gaynor Brown (died 1978)[1]
Children6 (4 alive)
Parent(s)John and Elizabeth Mosse

Violet Brown (née Mosse; 10 March 1900 – 15 September 2017)[2] was a Jamaican supercentenarian who at the time of her death, at the age of 117 years, 189 days, was the oldest verified living person in the world from the death of Emma Morano on 15 April 2017 until her death in 5 months later.

She was also the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica and the oldest verified Jamaican person ever. Brown was born when Jamaica was a part of the British Empire and was the last living former subject of Queen Victoria.[3]

Life[change | change source]

Her date of birth was variously reported as 4 March 1900,[4] 10 March 1900, and 15 March 1900.[1] However, it was officially recognised as 10 March 1900 by the Guinness World Records.

Her son, Harland Fairweather (April 15, 1920 – April 19, 2017), was known as the oldest person with a parent alive.

Death[change | change source]

Brown died on 15 September 2017 at a hospital in Montego Bay, Saint James Parish, Jamaica of heart failure caused by dehydration at the age of 117.[5] She was the 4th oldest recorded person in history at her death, behind Jeanne Calment, Sarah Knauss and Marie-Louise Meilleur.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The independent Mrs Violet Brown". Tashieka Mair (16 July 2007). Archived from the original on 31 July 2015. The Jamaica Star.
  2. "Oldest Validated Living Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. "Jamaican woman former slave new oldest person". 18 April 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  4. Sheena Gayle (8 March 2010). 110-y-o Trelawny woman reveals secret to long life. Jamaica Gleaner. Accessed January 2014.
  5. World's oldest woman is dead

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Violet Mosse Foundation, a nonprofit support organisation for contributing to the well-being of all elderly persons. This foundation was founded by Violet Brown's relatives and named after Violet Brown. (The site is now closed and the link is Wayback Machine.)
Preceded by
Emma Morano
Oldest verified living person
15 April 2017 — 15 September 2017
Succeeded by
Nabi Tajima