World's Oldest Woman Dies

10/20/1997 at 12:00 AM EDT

Eva Morris, the world's oldest woman, according to the Guinness Book of Records, died in her sleep in England Thursday at the age of 114, according to Reuters. Morris, who was just six days shy of her 115th birthday, was a former domestic servant and believed whisky and boiled onions were the secrets behind her longevity. A spokeswoman at the Autumn House nursing home in the town of Stone in the Midlands said, "We are very privileged to have nursed her for the last eight years of her life. She was a grand old lady." No word yet from the Guinness Book on Morris's successor as world's oldest woman. A Dominican woman, Elizabeth Israel, says she is 125 years old, but does not have the documents to prove it, a Guinness spokesman said.

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