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Funeral for Britain's oldest person, Grace Jones, 112

Grace Jones
Image caption Grace Jones was "lovely" and a "very good cook", her daughter said

A funeral has been held for a woman who was Britain's oldest person until her death aged 112.

Grace Jones, from Broadway, Worcestershire, was "so happy all the time", daughter Deirdre McCarthy said.

Her mother, nicknamed Amazing Grace, opened a millinery business before getting married in 1933, was a "very good cook" and enjoyed a drink of whisky, she added.

Mrs Jones's funeral was held in Broadway on Monday afternoon.

Ms McCarthy, the only child of Mrs Jones who died last month, said her mother "didn't have an ache or a pain in her body at all".

She said: "Whenever you asked her how she was she'd always say 'I'm fine, thank you' and she really was.

"I mean in the end her heart and old age came along, but at 112 and three quarters she was playing carpet bowls a few days before. She was into everything."

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Media captionGrace Jones, 112, has been sharing her memories of World War One

Mrs Jones was under five when her own mother died.

The centenarian, who lived through two world wars, had three sisters and a brother, who died after signing up for the military.

She was interviewed on BBC Points West about her memories of World War One on the centenary of the war ending last November.

Three months earlier, Mrs Jones had taken the title of Britain's oldest person following Olive Boar's death.

Image caption Mrs Jones' daughter, Deirdre McCarthy, said she had an "aura about her"

Ms McCarthy said: "I grew up with a very secure background and she was just wonderful in every way. She always knew the answer to anything you asked it seemed.

"She was lovely. Everybody thought, after meeting her and spending time with her, they felt enriched because she had this charisma, this aura about her.

"Whisky was her drink and she did that for about 60 years."

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