Anna Eliza Williams

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Anna Eliza Williams (née Davies) (2 June 1873 – 27 December 1987)[1] was a British supercentenarian and the oldest person in the world from 2 February 1987 until her own death nearly eleven months later.

She was born at Burford, Shropshire, and died on 27 December 1987 at the Tuxedo Old People's Home, 104 Eaton Crescent, Swansea, Wales, aged 114 years 208 days, having moved to Swansea after her marriage. Her husband - William Henry Williams, a carpenter - died in 1954.[2] Williams attributed her longevity to "a life of idleness",[3] along with "being a non-smoker and eating lots of vegetables". There was also a history of longevity in her family: her mother lived to be 98 and all seven of Williams' siblings lived beyond the age of 80, one surviving to 101. In addition, her daughter Constance Harvey (8 October 1906 - 18 June 2014) lived to age 107 years, 253 days. Williams broke the British longevity record on 12 July 1985.[4]

On her 114th birthday Norris McWhirter paid her a visit at the Tuxedo Old People's Home, where she was living at the time.[citation needed] McWhirter brought her a spray of flowers and birthday card. She was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in the 1980s and early 1990s.[citation needed] She died on 27 December 1987 (the cause of death was simply given as "old age" on her death certificate) and her death was registered by her grandson two days later.[citation needed] Her British record of 114 years 208 days was broken by Charlotte Hughes on 28 February 1992.

Following Williams's death Florence Knapp became the oldest living person in the world, and Jeanne Calment became the oldest living person in Europe.

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  1. ^ Validated supercentenarians who lived and/or died in the UK The Gerontology Research Group
  2. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IgMuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mp8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2719,8941903&dq=anna+eliza+williams&hl=en
  3. ^ "Oldest woman dies at 114". The Guardian. 1987-12-30. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Oldest woman spurns medicine". The Guardian. 1985-07-12. p. 2. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Mary McKinney
Oldest recognised living person
2 February 1987 – 27 December 1987
Succeeded by
Florence Knapp
Preceded by
Petronella Ribbens
Oldest person in Europe
22 July 1983 – 27 December 1987
Succeeded by
Jeanne Calment
Preceded by
Alice Stevenson
Oldest person from the United Kingdom
12 July 1985 – 26 February 1992
Succeeded by
Charlotte Hughes