Emma Morano on her 117th birthday.
|Birth:||29 November 1899|
Civiasco, Vercelli, Italy
|Death:||15 April 2017|
Verbania, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy
|Age:||117 years, 137 days|
Emma Martina Luigia Morano was the eldest of the eight (5 daughters, 3 sons) children born to Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani on 29 November 1899 in Civiasco in the Province of Vercelli in Italy. When she was a child, she moved from the Sesia Valley to Ossola for her father's job, but the climate was unhealthy there, so a physician advised her family to live somewhere with a milder climate so the family moved to Pallanza, on Lake Maggiore, where Morano lived until her death. Her mother and aunt and some of her siblings reached age 90, and her sister Angela Morano (1908–2011) died at 102. Angela and Emma were the oldest living siblings in Italy until Angela died.
She married Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901–1978) in 1926, when she was 27 and he was 25. They had a son in 1937, but unfortunately, he died 6 months after birth. The marriage wasn't happy (as Giovanni reportedly engaged in spousal abuse), and in 1938 she drove her husband out of the house and they separated, but were formally married until his death. She said she never took drugs, ate three eggs a day and drank a glass of homemade brandy.
Emma Morano died on 15 April 2017, aged 117 years, 137 days.
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