World's oldest person, Emma Morano, dies at 117

Last May, that was Emma Morano's response to learning that the Guinness World Record for Oldest Living Person had been passed on to her following the death of the previous record-holder, Susannah Mushatt Jones.

Dr. Carlo Bava told the AP that she died while sitting in a rocking chair in her home, located in the Northern Italy town of Verbania.

Bava said he had last seen his patient on Friday when 'she thanked me and held my hand, ' as she did every time he called on her.

Morano, born on November 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.

Bava, her doctor for 27 years, said Morano rarely ate vegetables or fruit.

At the age of 117 her life spanned three centuries, having been born in the 1800s.

"She is always a very serene", he told the AP.

Now that Emma has passed, the next oldest verified person is a Jamaican woman named Violet Brown. who is also 117.

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Her other secrets to a long life included eating two raw eggs a day and possessing good genetics.

A celebration entitled, The woman who saw three centuries, was held in Verbania in honor of her 117th birthday.

Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her.

Italian media said she worked for many years at a local factory in Verbania before being employed in the kitchen of a boarding school in nearby Pallanza.

Bava also lives in Verbania and had been her physician for almost a quarter of a century.

She lived through two World Wars, worked in a jute factory and courageously chose to separate from an abusive husband at a time when divorce was frowned on.

As a single woman, she made a living making jute bags and working in a hotel, the AP reported past year.

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