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Oldest Person In Britain Has Died At The Age Of 112

Oldest Person In Britain Has Died At The Age Of 112

The oldest person in Britain has died at the age of 112, her family have confirmed.

Grace Jones - who was known by her friends as Amazing Grace - died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Worcestershire last Friday.

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Mrs Jones was born in Liverpool on 16 September 1906 - only five years after the death of Queen Victoria.

The mum-of-one lived through 26 prime ministers, five monarchs and survived both world wars, attributing her longevity to a daily dram of Famous Grouse whisky.

She became the oldest person in Britain last summer after the previous oldest person, Olive Boar, died at the age of 113.

Her daughter, Deirdre McCarthy, 80, said her mum lived an active lifestyle right up until her last days.

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Grace Jones drank whisky on a daily basis. Credit: SWNS
Grace Jones drank whisky on a daily basis. Credit: SWNS

She said: "Only last Wednesday we were playing carpet bowls. She got tired, as she would at her age, but she never grumbled and she was always active. She was her usual self last week.

"Everyone at the home has been upset. She was very popular, the leading lady.

"What an age though, 112 and three quarters. She lived a very fulfilling life. She did everything with style."

Mrs Jones married engineer Leonard Roderick Jones in 1933 in Liverpool. They had one daughter together and spent most of their married life moving around the country - 28 times in total.

They were married for 53 years until he died in 1986, aged 79.

Mrs Jones moved into Broadway Care Home in 2005 and each birthday she received attention from the media as her lifespan became increasingly impressive.

Mrs Jones married her husband in 1933. Credit: SWNS
Mrs Jones married her husband in 1933. Credit: SWNS

Reflecting on her life, she said: "The best memory was when I married my husband.

"He was a true gentleman, the son of a parson. We were always together and we loved one another."

As for how she managed to live for so long, Mrs Jones said whisky and not worrying were to thank.

She said: "I have a little drop of whisky with a drop of water every night. Whisky is very good for you.

"I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50 so I've been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.

"My doctor said 'keep up with the whisky Grace, it's good for your heart'.

"I don't worry, I think that's the worst thing you can do."

RIP Grace.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: News, uk news, Inspirational, Interesting

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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