World's old­est woman SNATCHED WESTERN BUREAU:

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Leon Jack­son Gleaner Writer

THE WORLD’S old­est per­son, 117year-old Vi­o­let Moss Brown, is caught in the mid­dle of a tug of war be­tween mem­bers of her fam­ily as one group that claimed that she was not get­ting the best of care has snatched her from her Duan­vale, Trelawny home and refuse to say where she is.

The fam­ily mem­bers with whom she had been liv­ing are now in a panic as they are un­aware of her where­abouts. They said that she was taken by a rel­a­tive to keep a med­i­cal ap­point­ment on Satur­day, but she has not been re­turned to her Trelawny home.


“Karen Sa­muels (who took Moss Brown to her ap­point­ment), told me she was in­structed by Barry Rus­sell (Moss Brown’s son) to take her to the hos­pi­tal to get her hy­drated,” said Christo Davis, Moss Brown’s grand­son. “She (Sa­muels) did not take her back, and we, who have been here with her all these years, have no idea where she is now.” When The Gleaner con­tacted Sa­muels, she said she was in­structed by Rus­sell to re­move Brown from her Duan­vale home. She said she was fur­ther told not to re­veal her where­abouts to any­one. When The Gleaner con­tacted Rus­sell via tele­phone at his Miami home, he said that he was not happy about the way in which his mother was be­ing cared for and ac­cused her grand­chil­dren, with whom she had resided, of be­ing greedy and un­car­ing.

“I made the de­ci­sion to move my mother be­cause her greedy grand­chil­dren were not tak­ing good care of her,” said Rus­sell. “I am not go­ing to re­veal her where­abouts to them ... she is alive and well.”

How­ever, Leli­eth Palmer, the daugh­ter of Moss Brown’s son, Har­land Fair­weather, who was the world’s old­est per­son with a liv­ing par­ent prior to his death ear­lier this year, told The Gleaner that since her fa­ther died, there had been a fam­ily dis­pute as to who should care for Moss Brown.

“Ever since my fa­ther died, there has been a fam­ily dis­pute as to who should care for Aunt V (as Moss Brown is af­fec­tion­ately called),” said Palmer. “She was re­moved be­cause of this dis­pute.”

The de­ci­sion to re­move Moss Brown from her Duan­vale home has not gone down well with

other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and her church fam­ily, who view her as a com­mu­nity icon.

Joy Leach and Mor­ris Palmer, two jus­tices of the peace in the com­mu­nity who would reg­u­larly visit with Aunt V, are dis­traught by her re­moval from the com­mu­nity and are wor­ried about her well­be­ing.

“We are con­cerned be­cause we don’t be­lieve she is happy,” said Leach. “Aunt V is ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing reg­u­lar vis­its from the pas­tor and mem­bers

of her Bap­tist Church. She is now with strangers who she knows noth­ing about.”

Palmer is also con­cerned that her grand­mother will miss an ap­point­ment with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from The Guin­ness Book of World Records, who are slated to visit her at her Duan­vale home.

Since be­com­ing the world’s old­est per­son less than a year ago, Brown has brought much vis­i­bil­ity to Duan­vale. She has had vis­its from Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Sir Pa­trick Allen; Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness; Op­po­si­tion leader Dr Peter Phillips; and pres­i­dent of Ja­maica Bap­tist Union, Dr De­von Dick.



Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness be­stows the Prime Min­is­ter’s Medal of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion on su­per-cen­te­nar­ian Vi­o­let Mosse Brown (right) at her home in Duan­vale, Trelawny, in April.

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