At 115 years and 199 days, Sant Kaur Bajwa, was thought to have been be the oldest woman in the world when she died on Friday, her family said on Wednesday hailing her as the “ultimate matriarch” who kept her “incredibly large family together.” Born on January 1, 1898 in Sialkot, now in Pakistan, her life spanned three centuries, two continents and two world wars. However, she was not able to make it to the Guinness World Records because they wanted to see a birth certificate to verify her claim. “Back in the day I don’t know if they even issued birth certificates, but her passport has her birth date down as 1 January, 1898,” her grandson Sanjeev Singh Rai said. Mrs Bajwa, who lived with her extended family in Southall, west London, is survived by 12 grandchildren, 28 great-great children and two great-great grandchildren. None of her five children are alive. — Hasan Suroor