The world’s oldest woman just died at the age of 116. I wish I could have heard the stories she had to tell. “Her grandparents were slaves, her parents crop pickers. She attended a special school for young black girls and graduated from high school in 1922....She moved to New York to work as a nanny, where she helped to start a scholarship fund for young African-American women. Ms Jones remained active until the end of her life, serving as a member of the tenant patrol of her nursing home until she was 106.”

Her favourite luxury was buying high-end lace lingerie, her family said. She reportedly once told nurses during a medical check-up: “You can never get too old to wear fancy stuff.”