A Spanish great-grandmother who was born in the United States has likely become the world’s oldest living person at 115, a Guinness World Records. The organisation shared that the woman named María Branyas Morera was born in March 1907 in the US and presently resides in Spain. Mrs Morera is 115 years 321 days old, as of 19 January 2023. María Branyas Morera (USA/Spain) is now confirmed as the world’s oldest woman living and oldest person living, following the death of 118-year-old Lucile Randon (France).
Past life of Branyas Morera
- Branyas Morera was born in San Francisco on March 4, 1907 shortly after her family moved to the United States from Mexico.
- The entire family decided to return to their native Spain in 1915 as World War I was under way, which complicated the ship voyage across the Atlantic.
- The crossing was also marked by tragedy — her father died from tuberculosis towards the end of the voyage, and his coffin was thrown into the sea.
- Branyas Morera and her mother settled in Barcelona. In 1931 — five years before the start of Spain’s 1936-39 civil war — she married a doctor.
- The couple lived together for four decades until her husband died aged 72.
- She has had three children, including one who has already died, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.