According to CBN News
Violet Mosse-Brown, affectionately
known as ‘Aunt V’, has now been declared the
oldest living person in the world. (Photo Credit:
Born on March 10, 1900, the 117-year-old
Jamaican says her Christian faith is the secret to
“Thank God for what He has given to me. This
[is] what God has given me, so I have to take it,
long life,” Brown said.
“I’ve done nearly everything at the church. I
spent all my time in the church.”
According to the Violet Mosse Foundation, Brown
was raised in the Christian faith. She was
baptized over 100 years ago at the age of 13 in
the Trittonville Baptist Church in the Duanvale
district of Trelawny.
Duanvale is the same Jamaican parish where
Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt is from.
Whenever she is asked about what has
contributed to her longevity Brown proudly says,
“My faith in serving God, and believing strongly in
the teaching of the Bible.”
She is especially fond of the part of the
Scripture in the Bible that says “honor your
parents that your days on this earth may be
The centenarian was recently honored by a group
of Baptist churches in Jamaica, for her service in
children’s and music ministry.
“The 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,” according to The Jamaica
“She was also hailed as a mentor, historian,
disciplinarian, business woman, outstanding
church and community leader.”
Brown also credits working hard and eating
healthy for her long life.
“I don’t eat pork and I don’t eat chicken. But I
eat any other things: greens, mutton, beef, fish,
that’s what I eat,” she said.
On Saturday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew
Holness tweeted his congratulations to Brown:
At 117, she is still able to sit up by herself and
walk short distances but she is able to respond
to questions about her life and family.
Meanwhile, Brown’s eldest son is 97 years old,
which could possibly make him the oldest living
person in the world with a parent who is also
She is especially fond of the part of the Scripture
in the Bible that says “honor your parents that
your days on this earth may be long.”