She loses her first love during the First World War. Shortly before the Second War, she abandons her husband who mistreats her. This is Emma Morano – the last surviving woman of the nineteenth century. Morano died at 117 years.
“She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to help us move forward in life. She reached an incredible finish line,” said Silvia Marchionini, mayor of the town of Verbania in northern Italy where Morano lived for three centuries and two millennia.
The strong woman took care of herself even to the 115th year without marriage and incredible pattern – three eggs daily for almost a century. Her life has spanned three centuries, two World Wars and over 90 Italian governments.
Fiercely independent, she splits with her husband abuser just after the death of their only son. This happens in 1938, more than 30 years before the legalization of divorce in Italy. Then she live alone in the time in which it is not generally accepted.
She works until she turns 75 years in a handbags factory. Even at 115 years she allows herself to accept the help of a full-time nurse. She lived in a small apartment in Lago Maggiore, a Lake which Italy shares with Switzerland.
When she was 20, just after the First World War, she was diagnosed with anemia and she got a medical advice to eat three chicken eggs per day. She strictly followed these recommendations and ate more than 100,000 eggs.
”Emma has always eaten very few vegetables, very little fruit”, Said Dr. Bava, who monitored her health in the last 30 years. According to him, she attributed her long lifespan a partly down to genetics, because many of her family members lived a long life.
The regularity of the everyday life and her strong nature also helped. She has never wanted to go to hospital, she once went just for cataract surgery. She had been increasingly spending more time on sleeping and less time on speaking in the recent weeks. But her spirit remains very vigilant with a great sense of humor.
Emma Morano was born in 1899 in the municipality Chivasso, Piedmont region in northern Italy.
After the death of the Italian woman, the oldest living person is currently Violet Brown of Jamaica. Brown is born on March 10, 1900. According to one American research center, which confirms the age of the oldest in the world, there are only women in the top 10. The oldest man, is 113 years old and he is on the 16th place on the list.
Here are the first 10:
Violet Brown 117 years, Jamaica
Nabi Tajima, 116 years, Japan
Chiyo Miyako, 115 years, Japan
Anna Vella-Rubio, 115 years, Spain
Marie Josephine-Gaudette, 115 years, Italy (born in USA)
Josephine Progetto-Frau, 114 years, Italy
Kane Tanaka, 114 years, Japan
Maria Giuseppa Robucci Nargiso, 114 years, Italy
Iso Nakamura, 113 years, Japan
Tae Ito, 113 years ago, Japan.