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BIOGRAPHY

Calvert was born in Woodbury, Devon, England, UK, on 30 August 1893. She moved to Exeter with her parents, five brothers, and two sisters when she was 10 years old. She left school at the age of 13 or 14 to learn the trade of dressmaking with Canns of Exeter. At the age of 18, her father told her that the time had come for her to fend for herself, so she moved to Bromley, Kent, where she was employed as a nursemaid, looking after two baby boys for a doctor.

Calvert also worked at a baker’s shop in Luton before returning to Exeter around 1930, where she cared for her mother until her mother’s death at the age of 78. Shortly afterward, she met her future husband, Irishman Stanley Calvert, and they were married in 1938. They lived in Northern Ireland until Stanley’s death in the 1960s, after which she moved to Honiton to be closer to her family. She moved to Queen Street, next door to her sister.

Around the age of 102, she moved into the Sunningdale House Residential Home. On her 111th birthday, it was reported that she could remember her childhood clearly. Her earliest memory was of washing the family’s donkey on Saturdays so it would be ready to take the family to church in the cart it towed on Sundays. She did not own a television or a radio, but she read the newspaper every day.

Calvert passed away at the Sunningdale House Residential Home in Honiton, Devon, UK, on 13 January 2005, at the age of 111 years, 136 days.

RECOGNITION

On 19 June 2004, following the passing of 111-year-old Constance Shepherd, she became the oldest living person in England. Upon her passing, she was succeeded by Mary Ann Hebden.

At the time of her passing, she was the second-oldest living person in the United Kingdom, after Lucy d’Abreu of Scotland.

Her age was validated by the ESO on 20 April 2024.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Is emily, at 111, the WMN’s oldest reader?” – Western Morning News (Plymouth), 14 September 2004

* “I need proof before I will believe I’m” – Express & Echo (Exeter), 15 September 2004

* “UK’s second oldest resident” – Western Morning News (Plymouth), 1 February 2005

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