|Grace Catherine Jones|
Grace Jones in November 2018, aged 112
|Birth:||16 September 1906|
Liverpool, England, UK
|Age:||112 years, 246 days|
Grace Catherine Rich was born in Liverpool, England, in 1906. She was the youngest of eight children born to Henry Banks Rich (1861–1932) and Sarah Alice Eilbeck (1867–1910). One of her brothers died in WWI. In her 20s, she owned a millinery factory. She married her husband, Leonard Jones, in 1933, and they had one daughter, Deirdre.
Grace and Leonard spent their marriage moving around the country. In total, they moved 28 times, living in places such as Devon, Cheshire, and North Wales. Leonard died in 1986, aged 79. Jones moved to live with her family in Broadway, Worcestershire, in 2005.
Jones became a supercentenarian in September 2016. She attributes her long life to drinking whisky every evening. She is the third supercentenarian and the second British supercentenarian with the name "Grace Jones", the others being Grace Nelsen Jones (1893–2006) and Grace Adelaide Jones (1899–2013).
Jones has been the last surviving British person born in 1906 since the death of Florence Ivy Cook on 7 December 2017, and became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of Olive Boar on 28 August 2018. In November 2018, she was interviewed about her memories of WWI to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Her age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 26 January 2019.
- Oldest in Britain
- Broadway's Grace Jones celebrates her 109th birthday Worcester News, 16 September 2015
- Grace Jones celebrates turning 110 with friends Oxford Mail, 16 September 2016
- 110-year-old Grace says the secret to long life is drinking whisky Metro, 16 September 2016
- Woman reveals secret to living to 111 is a shot of whisky a night Metro, 18 September 2017
- Britain’s oldest person, Olive Boar from East Anglia, has died Ipswich Star, 1 September 2018
- Armistice: ‘A postman came to the door. I knew my brother was dead’ The Times, 10 November 2018