Italy's Emma Morano, the World's Oldest Person, Dies at 117

Trevor Jackson
April 16, 2017

Emma Martina Luigia Morano, who lived 117 years and 137 days, was born on November 29, 1899, in the Italian town of Civiasco into a family of people who would prove to be very long-lived, with her mother and aunt living to past 90 and her sister Angela reaching 100, EFE news reported.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, Emma Morano sits in her home on the day of her 117th birthday in Verbania, Italy. When she was 20, her doctor had told her she was anaemic and that such a diet would improve her health.

She also refused to be taken to hospital, with the exception of a cataract operation. "I think I was one of the first in Italy to do that", she said. While her mind was alert, she was very deaf, speaking with difficulty and did not see well enough to watch television, spending her time instead either sleeping or snacking.

Morano fell short of the official title of world's oldest verified person on record, which is still held by Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment who died in 1997, aged 122 years.

Morano also believed that a sufficient amount of beauty sleep was essential for longevity. She went to bed before 7 p.m. and arose before 6 a.m.

Some doctors had warned her against eating three eggs daily, which she did for years, but she ignored their advice.

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The marriage had never been healthy, she said.

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.

"I didn't want to be dominated by anyone."

She spent most of her life without a partner after leaving her violent husband in 1938. Emma had a child, but lost the infant 6 months later. Strangely, they didn't get divorced until 1978.

Morano began working in a factory making jute bags when she was 16. Morano worked here until she was 75-years-old, at which point she resigned for what would inevitably be a much longer retirement than she may have anticipated.

A woman in Jamaica, Violet Brown, who was born in that Caribbean island on March 10, 1900, is now considered the oldest known person in the world, according to a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group.

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