A year after family members and friends bid farewell to Violet Moss Brown, a memorial service was held in her community of Duanvale in Trelawny on Sunday to reflect on her life.
At the time of her death, Moss Brown was the oldest person in the world. She was 117. Her body was donated to science. It is being kept at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
As persons gathered for the memorial service at the Trittonville Baptist Church in Trelawny, persons commented on the fact that her body was not buried in the community.
Lelieth Palmer, Moss Brown’s granddaughter, told the WESTERN STAR that she is yet to hear from the UWI about any findings as it relates to her body.
“I have made several calls to get information on the results of the tests on her body. I keep getting directed to different sections and getting nowhere,” she said.
Meris Palmer, a justice of the peace, said, “Her wish to be buried beside her husband was not carried out.”
The Reverend Devere Nugent, in his remembrance, described Moss Brown as a noted historian.
“She was strong and gracious, a woman of great spiritual love and fortitude. Her longevity gave her power. Though powerful, she never used it to malign anybody,” he said.
Born March 10, 1900, Moss Brown was the oldest verified living person in the world for five months. She died on September 15, 2017.
– L. J.