World's oldest person, Emma Morano, dies in Italy at 117

Morano was born in a northern Italian town, and lived through two world wars and in three different centuries. On November 29, 2016, Morano celebrated her 117th birthday. I'm happy she didn't suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly'.

There's no doubt she lived a very, very full life.

Brown, who is 117 years and 36 days old, took over from Italian Emma Morano who passed away today. "She forgets nothing", Yamile Vergara, her nurse for over 40 years, said at the time. She was born shortly after the first petroleum-powered auto was produced by Karl Benz, and just a few years before the Wright Brothers defied gravity and took to the skies.

She went on to support herself by working in a factory making jute bags, then at a hotel, working way beyond the usual retirement age.

But she had to cut this down to two a day as she no longer had any teeth.

She also adhered to a unique diet of two raw eggs and one cooked egg per day and had good genes: The eldest of eight children, Morano had a sister live to 102 and another to almost 100.

She peacefully breathed her last on Saturday, at her home in Verbania, near Italy's Lake Maggiore. She lost a boyfriend in the First World War, and then married a quite abusive man, whom she did not love, according to local media.

Bava, who said Morano's caretaker gave him the news, chalked up her longevity to genetics.

She had not left her small two-room apartment for more than 20 years.

Morano was the oldest of eight siblings and outlived each of her four sisters and three brothers.

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