Hulmes of Bury in Greater Manchester was 84 when she kicked the nicotine habit, paying heed to the growing scare stories of the time regarding the link between smoking and cancer.
A retired weaver, she was born on October 5, 1887, the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, the youngest daughter of a drummer in the Lancashire Fusiliers, who had nine children.
She has two daughters, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Her husband died 36 years ago.
Hulmes has lived in a residential home for several years. Nick Murray, from Rochdale, one of her grandsons, told Thursday's Daily Telegraph his grandmother often regaled the family with tales of how Florence Nightingale once nursed her father back to health during the Crimean War.
She lived without hot water until she was 94. She finally gave up trying to live alone at the age of 98 but could still touch her toes when she was 105. Her new-found status has been the result of the death of Marie Bremont, a Frenchwoman, at the age of 115.
She ascribes her longevity to the regular consumption of Guinness, preferably in years gone by in the Church Inn in Bury.
Hulmes has a long way to go before she can beat the record for the oldest woman ever. Jeanne Louise Calment, again from France, died on August 4, 1997, at the age of 122 years and 164 days. The world's oldest man is 112-year-old Italian Antonio Todde, born in Sardinia on January 22, 1889. - Sapa-DPA