|Birth:||5 October 1887|
Bury, England, UK
|Death:||27 October 2001|
Bury, England, UK
|Age:||114 years, 22 days|
Amy Isabel Hulmes (née Matthews; 5 October 1887 – 27 October 2001) was a British supercentenarian, who was the oldest living person in Europe from the death of Marie Bremont on 6 June 2001, until her own death on 27 October 2001.
Hulmes was born in Bury, Greater Manchester. Her father, John Matthews, was a drum major in the Lancashire fusiliers, and was nursed by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.
Amy was the youngest of nine children: two sisters died three years before she was born and two brothers died in army service. She became a weaver and married Philip Hulmes in 1919, he died in 1956. The couple had two daughters, Marjorie in 1924 and Barbara in 1927, who both survived her. At her death she also had five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She gave up smoking at the age of 84, and lived in a house without hot water untul the age of 94. She could also reportedly touch her toes at the age of 105.
With the death of Marie Bremont on 6 June 2001, Guinness named Hulmes the world's oldest person as a publicity stunt, as Hulmes drank Guinness beer frequently. As a result, Guinness the beer company and Guinness World Records separated. Maud Farris-Luse was quickly given the title.
Hulmes died on 27 October 2001, at the age of 114 years, 22 days. After her death, the title of the oldest living European went to 113 year-old Germaine Haye of France.
- ↑ Verified Supercentenarians (Listed Chronologically By Birth Date) Gerontology Research Group
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Accolades for a stout survivor from the Victorian era The Guardian. 14 June 2001
- ↑ Stout-drinking gran - a record for Guinness
- ↑ Woman who was oldest dies at 114 The Telegraph. 3 November 2001