Spain's Ana Vela Rubio, 115, is now Europe's oldest and the world's fourth-oldest woman
18 April 2017 @ 13:06
EUROPE'S oldest woman alive today was born in Puente Genil (Córdoba province) and has held this honour since Saturday, when the last person on earth born in the 19th century – Emma Morano, 117, from Italy – passed away.
Emma's status as the oldest woman on the planet, having been born on November 29, 1899 in Piamonte, has now been taken over by Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born in 1900.
And her place as Europe's most elderly is now held by Ana Vela Rubio, who came into the world on October 29, 1901 and who is the fourth-eldest on earth.
She is beaten only by Violet, and the two Japanese ladies Nabi Tajima, 116 and Chiyo Miyako, 115, according to the GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List.
Ana moved to Catalunya in the 1940s, working as a seamstress for a tuberculosis hospital in Terrassa (Barcelona province) – having left school at age 11 - and became a regular at the day centre in the La Verneda nursing home in 2005, when she was 103.
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