Eva Morris

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Not to be confused with fellow supercentenarian Neva Morris.
Eva Morris
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Eva Morris at 114
Born Eva Sharpe
(1885-11-08)8 November 1885
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died 2 November 2000(2000-11-02)
(aged 114 years, 360 days)
Stone, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Former domestic servant

Eva Morris (née Sharpe, 8 November 1885 – 2 November 2000) was the oldest recognised person in the world, by the Guinness Book of Records,[1][2] from December 1999 until November 2000.[3] She was a native of Stone, Staffordshire, England.

Morris died in her sleep at 1.25 am at the Autumn House Nursing Home in Stone.

There had been claims that a Dominican woman, Elizabeth Israel, was 125 years old, but the Guinness Book of Records said Morris had taken the title because her date of birth could be fully authenticated.[4]

Morris attributed her longevity to whisky and boiled onions.[4] She was said by friends to enjoy the occasional cigarette and to have ridden a bicycle.[5]

She worked as a domestic servant[6] and was widowed in the 1930s. Morris lived in her own flat until she was 107, when she moved to a nursing home after a chest infection. Her only child Winnie died of cancer in 1975 at the age of 62. Eva Morris herself died less than a week before her 115th birthday, making her the woman (and person) closest to have reached this age without actually doing so.

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Preceded by
Sarah Knauss
Oldest recognised living person
30 December 1999 – 2 November 2000
Succeeded by
Marie Brémont
Preceded by
Annie Jennings
Oldest person in Europe
20 November 1999 – 2 November 2000
Succeeded by
Marie Brémont
Preceded by
Annie Jennings
Oldest person in the United Kingdom
20 November 1999 – 2 November 2000
Succeeded by
Amy Hulmes