THE Isle of Wight’s oldest resident has died — at the age of 109 years and 245 days.

Elsie Irene Morris, who was born on February 11, 1910 — died peacefully in her sleep at Newport Residential Home, where she had lived for almost 15 years, on October 14.

Elsie was listed as the 20th oldest living person in the UK, and was known for her quick wit and sparkling sense of humour.

Her sense of humour was evident on her 109th birthday, when she asked staff how old she was turning, and when they said 109, she replied: “That’s getting on a bit isn’t it? I only feel 30.”

Elsie was well-known in local circles for running a tea hut in her teenage years, selling cigarettes, coffee and tea to coach parties who would travel from around the Island to visit her at Mersley Downs in Ryde.

A message from Elsie’s family said: “A lovely Mum, Gran and great-Gran, we’re all so proud of you reaching such an amazing age.

"You will be sadly missed. Love from John, Vanessa, Trevor and Ryan.”

The Island’s oldest residents are now believed to be Gwen Allen, who turns 108 tomorrow, and Mona Perry, who turned 107 in September.