(photo credit: jamaica-gleaner.com)

At 117 years old, Violet Mosses Brown is the new oldest person in the world. Little does the public know, but she eats what she wants — well, everything except pork and chicken. On Saturday, Brown became the world’s oldest personafter the death of 117-year-old Emma Morano of Italy.

Born in March 1900, Brown oncetold a hometown newspaper, the Gleaner,that hard work, devotion to the Baptist church and respect for family, life and people in general have helped her live a long and happy life.

“Honor your mother and father so your days may be long,” she said, quoting the Old Testament.

“I tell you, these young people these days have it easy – piped water, taxis and buses to bring them where they want to go, everything to their convenience. When I was younger, and even as an adult, I had to work so hard that sometimes when I look back, I cry at how hard I had to work to make a living for my family,” Brown, a one-time dressmaker, domestic helper and farmer, reminisced.

Hailing from the same part of the island as Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Brown is lover of the church. She loves to sing, and praise the Lord.

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