World’s Oldest Person, Jamaica’s Violet Mosse-Brown, Says ‘I Live by the Grace of God’
What has the world’s oldest person, Violet Mosse-Brown, age 117, done nearly all her life?
She has been a faithful, industrious church member, according to the Jamaica Baptist Reporter of the Jamaica Baptist Union.
Mosse-Brown, baptized at age 13, became the world’s oldest person after the April 15 death of Emma Morano of Italy, also 117. Morano was born on Nov. 29, 1899 and was the last living person born during the 1800s prior to her death. Mosse-Brown was born on March 30, 1900, in Duanvale in northwest Jamaica, 47 kilometers east of Montego Bay.
“I live by the grace of God and I am proud of my age!” Mosse-Brown told columnist Jean Lowrie Chin of the Jamaica Observer during a May 2016 visit in the home where the mother of six children has lived all her life.
Mosse-Brown’s 96-year-old son, Harold Fairweather, lives in the house as well, “widely believed to be the oldest person with a living parent,” Chin wrote.
“I love the church,” Mosse-Brown told The Gleaner, another Jamaican publication, in 2010, having made decades of “staunch contribution” at Trittonville Baptist Church in Duanvale.
The Waldensia-Trittonville Circuit of Baptist Churches honored Mosse-Brown as “their extra-precious super-centenarian whom they affectionately call Sister Vie or Sister Brown” during a celebration of her then-116 years of life, according to the January 2017 edition of the Jamaica Baptist Reporter.
“[T]he guest of honor was lauded and cited as a person of exemplary character and an ardent, dedicated and faithful servant of God, who served her church for more than 80 years in varying capacities,” the Baptist publication noted.
“She was also hailed as a mentor, historian, disciplinarian, business woman, outstanding church and community leader.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press