She was the oldest verified living person in the world from the time her age was validated on 18 May 2011 until her death a little more than a month later. Valentim was also the first validated supercentenarian from Brazil, and was one of the 30 verified oldest people in history at the time of her death. Gomes da Silva was born in Carangola, Minas Gerais, Brazil and lived there her entire life.
Valentim had 1 child, a son, who died at 75, and furthermore had 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She died of multiple organ failure on 21 June 2011, at the age of 114 years 347 days. After her death, Besse Cooper took over as the world"s oldest person.