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Ida Stewart
Ida Stewart
Birth: 13 November 1896
Alexandria, Saint Ann, Jamaica
Death: 12 November 2010
St. Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica
Age: 113 years, 364 days
Country: JamaicaJAM

Ida Louise Stewart (née Gordon; 13 November 1896 – 12 November 2010) was a pending Jamaican supercentenarian.


Early life

Ida Louise Gordon was born on 13 November 1896 in Alexandria, Saint Ann, Jamaica. She claimed to be born on 5 November 1886, but according to a birth certificate, she was actually 10 years younger, born in 1896. She had 12 siblings, all of which she outlived. She married Leonard Stewart on 2 June 1928 and had one daughter, Edna (1922–2008). Her daughter had 9 children. Her husband passed away in 1988.


In 2003, she said she had no secret formula for her longevity. Apart from arthritis and the common cold, she didn't suffered from any serious ailment. Despite her good health in 2003, she was in really bad shape during the interview in January 2009. She said for media: I am sick, man. My whole body in pain, so I'm only waiting for my call, but as mi roll nuh call yet, I must be satisfied. This world is not my home, I'm only here for a few days. When God is ready, I have to go. I'm not well; I only talk to you because di tongue nuh drop yet.

Her claims are researched by The Registrar General’s Department (RGD). They found her birth certificate (support 1896 as birthyear) and a marriage of her parents which got married on 29 November 1893 in Long Hill, Saint Ann.

In November 2010, Ida suddenly fell ill and was taken to the St Ann's Bay Hospital, where she passed away on 12 November 2010, aged 113 years, 364 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person ever in Jamaica. She was buried on 28 November following her funeral service at the Devon Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was succeeded as Jamaica's oldest person by Violet Brown.


Jamaica's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Ida Stewart • Lillian Anderson • Eugena Davidson • Violet Brown • Beatrice Byfield • Eslin Mulgrave-Collins