The world's oldest woman has died at 114 years of age. It turns out she would have turned 115 in just a few weeks, wow! What is amazing, though, is that she earned the official title from Guinness World Records just last month on May 18. It's pretty cool that she was able to snatch the title in the last weeks of her life.
The woman was a Brazilian named Maria Gomes Valentim. Valentim died Tuesday morning of multiple organ failure, according to Helerson Lima of the senior home facility where she lived. She died in the southeastern city of Carangola, where she lived her entire life.
It's also amazing that she lived her entire life in one city in Brazil. That is pretty rare these days.
Valentim was born in Carangola on July 9, 1896. She was just 48 days older than Besse Cooper of Monroe, Georgia, who previously held the title for world's oldest woman.
Valentim survived both her husband, Joao, who died in 1946, and her son who dies at age 75.
Though sad, surviving a child is bound to happen when a person lives to be 114. It's much more natural to die at 75 than to live to be 114. Anyone know what her secret was?
"Valentim is survived by four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren."
What an honor they must feel to be related to the world's oldest woman. Hopefully she passed along to them some good, healthy genes.