World’s oldest woman dies aged 116
A lady whose diet of donkey milk helped her become the world’s oldest woman has died aged 116 in Ecuador. As a young woman, she drank fresh milk from the donkeys at her aunt’s farm — something her family believe helped her live for so long. Maria Esther de Capovilla, born in 1889, died on August 27 after getting pneumonia. An US woman, Elizabeth Bolden, who was born 11 months after Maria, is now thought to be the world’s oldest woman. To get an idea of Maria’s incredible life, just consider she was 22 years old when the Titanic went down in 1912. Her husband died in 1949 after the couple had been married for more than 30 years. And she was a whopping 79 years old when astronauts first set foot on the moon in 1969.