Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1907,
as of 2021.


Juana Aritama de Fuentes, 113

On her 110th birthday:
Juana Aritama de Fuentes, 110

On her 112th birthday:
Juana Aritama de Fuentes, 112
The picture was sourced from https://elcallejero.co

May 17, 2021; Juana Aritama de Fuentes Aritama was born in Gaira, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia, on June 24, 1907, as a daughter of Domingo Aritama and Teodora Alandete. She loved to dance during her youth. She never attended school, but she learned to read and write from the woman who taught her at her home. Aritama de Fuentes worked in a community service, cooking arepas. She never drank alcohol. All of her life she lived in Gaira, Magdalena, Colombia. In Gaira, she met her husband, Jose Rosario Fuentes. The couple had six children. They were married for 54 years until Jose's death at age 80. As of 2020, four of her children were alive: Tranquilina, Olga, Silfredo and Rosario. She worked with her niece, Dominga Hincapie Aritama, in the restaurant "Donde Minga" in El Rodadero. Aritama de Fuentes was Catholic and she claimed the secret of her long life was her belief in God, and the food (fish, banana, yucca). At the time of her 111th birthday, she had 40 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and 42 great-great grandchildren. Aritama de Fuentes became the oldest validated living person in Colombia since the death of Carmen Emilia Jaramillo Chavarria on July 15, 2020. Her age was verified by Stefan Maglov, Santiago Garcia and Fabrizio Villatoro, and validated by the GRG on May 17, 2021.

Juana Aritama de Fuentes passed away in Gaira, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia, on May 21, 2021, at the age of 113.


Yoshi Baba, 114

On her 111th birthday:
Yoshi Baba, 112
The picture was sourced from Sannichi.co.jp.

Sept. 24, 2019; Yoshi Baba was born in Japan on 3 June 1907. In September 2018, she was reported to be the oldest living person in Yamanashi Prefecture. Yoshi Baba currently lives in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.


Marguerite Bailly, 112

On her 110th birthday:
Marguerite Bailly, 110

Aged 112:
Marguerite Bailly, 112
These photos were sourced from https://www.vosgesmatin.fr and https://www.viavosges.tv.

August 30, 2019; Marguerite Bailly was born in Lislet, Aisne, Hauts-de-France, France on March 6, 1907 and died in died in Vosges, Lorraine, Grand Est, France on June 12, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 98 days.


Casilda Benegas, 114

Casilda Benegas on her 112th birthday, with her grandson Tomas Antonio Blanco.
Casilda Benegas, 112

Aged 112 in May 2019.
Casilda Benegas, 112,5

On her 113th birthday.
Casilda Benegas, 113
Photos courtesy of Mr. Tomas Antonio Blanco.

April 10, 2020; Casilda Benegas was born in Trinidad, Itapua, Paraguay, on 8 April 1907. She was baptized in Santisima Trinidad. She was born to parents Patricio Venegas and Asuncion Ojeda. She married Benigno Gallego Cuenya in Santisima Trinidad, Asuncion, Paraguay. She moved to Argentina on 6 April 1945. Mrs. Benegas currently lives in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Casilda Benegas is the first validated supercentenarian who was born in Paraguay.


Marie-Louise Berthelot, 113

Marie-Louise Berthelot on her 107th birthday.
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 107

Marie-Louise Berthelot on her 108th birthday.
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 108

Aged 110.
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 110

Aged 112.
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 112
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 112
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 112
Marie-Louise Berthelot, 112
Photos sourced from Ouest France, Haut Anjou, and France Bleu.

July 28, 2021; Marie-Louise Berthelot was born as Marie-Louise Desmas on July 29, 1907 in Bourg d'Ire, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France. She worked at her parents farm when they moved in 1924. In 1944, aged 37, she married Joseph Berthelot, who worked in the slate quarries. When they reached retirement age in 1963, they decided to settle down in Renaze, Pays de la Loire. They lived together until Joseph's death in 1992 after 48 years of marriage. The couple never had children together. In 1997, when Marie-Louise was 90, she moved into a retirement home. For her 106th birthday, she was driven to her former home in the same type of car that she had driven up until she was 90. Marie-Louise's 110th birthday celebration was held 10 days after her actual birthday, on August 8, 2017. When she entered the room, she was greeted with rounds of applause from her family, friends, and retirement home staff.

Following the death of Marie-Florentine Jousseaume (1907-2020) on December 20, 2020, Marie-Louise Berthelot became the oldest person in Pays de la Loire region, and the last living French person born in 1907.

Marie-Louise Berthelot died in Renaze, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France during the night on the January 16, 2021 at the age of 113 years, 171 days. At the time of her death, she was the fourth-oldest living person in France and the last surviving French person born in 1907. Her successor as the oldest living person in Pays de la Loire was Marie-Rose Tessier.


Maria Branyas Morera, 114

During her early childhood, photo taken in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in 1911.
Maria Branyas Morera, 1911

On her wedding day, 1931
Maria Branyas Morera, 1931

Aged 92 in 1999:
Maria Branyas Morera, 1999

Maria Branyas Morera in March 2002, aged 95.
Maria Branyas Morera, 2002

Maria Branyas Morera on her 110th birthday.
Maria Branyas Morera, 110

Maria Branyas Morera on her 112th birthday.
Maria Branyas Morera, 112

Maria Branyas Morera in August 2019, aged 112.
Maria Branyas Morera, 112a

Maria Branyas Morera on her 113th birthday.
Maria Branyas Morera, 113

Maria Branyas Morera in July 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, aged 113.
Maria Branyas Morera, 113a

Maria Branyas Morera on her 114th birthday.
Maria Branyas Morera, 114
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Branyas Morera's family.

June 28, 2021; Maria Branyas Morera was born in San Francisco, California, USA on March 4, 1907. Her family emigrated to San Francisco, California, USA in 1906. They later traveled to New Orleans, from here they departed to Olot, Catalonia, Spain in 1915. While emigrating to Spain aboard the Catalania Branyas Morera injured her eardrum in a fall, resulting in her permanently losing hearing in one ear. Towards the end of the voyage, Branyas Morera's father, Joseph Branyas Julia, died from pulmonary tuberculosis at age 37, leaving her mother to raise the family of five on her own. Branyas Morera married in 1931 and had three children. In 2000, when she was 93, Branyas Morera moved into a care home in Olot. At the age of 110, she reportedly still read the newspaper every day. On December 22, 2019, Branyas Morera became the oldest known living person in Spain following the death of 113-year old Josefa Santos Gonzalez. As of 2019, she had 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She became the last (known) living person in Europe born in 1907. Branyas Morera is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other, with precautions taken at her nursing home this made communication difficult, but using a voice-to-text device, her relatives are able to communicate fluently.

In April 2020, at the age of 113, Branyas Morera was tested positive for COVID-19, but successfully recovered. She was the oldest recorded survivor of the disease until Lucile Randon, then 116, of France recovered in 2021. In a subsequent interview with the Observer, Branyas Morera called for a revolution in treatment of the elderly, saying "This pandemic has revealed that older people are the forgotten ones of our society. They fought their whole lives, sacrificed time and their dreams for today's quality of life. They didn't deserve to leave the world in this way."

In January 2021, Branyas Morera received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Dorothy Brown, 112

On her daughter's wedding, 1954 (right)
Dorothy Brown, 47

Aged 104:
Dorothy Brown, 104

Aged 109:
Dorothy Brown, 109

Aged 112:
Dorothy Brown, 112
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Elizabeth McMorrow.

August 30, 2019; Dorothy Brown was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, USA on May 1, 1907. A mother of three, Brown worked at Rogers Peet, a clothing store founded by Charles Peet, and Dunhill in Rockefeller Center, just steps from St. Patrick's Cathedral. Her customers included television celebrities, news people and movie stars, including Broadway star Carol Channing. Each day, Brown took the subway from Brooklyn into Manhattan. Brown, characterized by her grandchildren as energetic, did not slow down after retiring. She volunteered as director of travel at her parish and at Beth Israel Hospital in Brooklyn, where she crocheted blankets for premature babies and delivered yarn to her home-bound friends. All four of Brown's grandparents emigrated from Ireland to New York. She was proud of her Irish and American heritage and could often be heard singing patriotic songs. Brown had 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Family members visited her every day. Dorothy Brown lived in her own apartment in New York, until she was 101, when she moved to an assisted living facility in Brooklyn. She moved to Framingham in 2019 to live closer to her family. On 26 June 2019, Brown was honored as the oldest resident of the city. On September 18, 2019, Dorothy Brown's age has been officially validated by the Gerontology Research Group.

Dorothy Brown died in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA on November 26, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 209 days.


Florence Carroll, 113

At age 107:
Florence Carroll, 107

At age 112 in Apr. 2020:
Florence Carroll, 112
These photos were sourced from https://www.gleauty.com.

Sept. 30, 2019; Florence Carroll was born in Millerton, New York, USA on 9 June 1907 to Italian-born parents Paul Emile Brunese and Mary Ann Brunese. As a young adult, she worked as a cook in Lakeville, Connecticut. She married John Carroll on 9 February 1930, and the couple had nine children, four of whom are deceased as of 2014. At the time of her 107th birthday, Carroll had 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Her hobbies are birdwatching and gardening. On her 110th birthday in 2017, the Today Show included her in their list of people celebrating a milestone. She lived in Salisbury, Connecticut, USA.

Florence Carroll died on April 15, 2021, at the age of 113 years, 310 days. She was the third oldest validated living person in the USA.


Madeleine Chat, 113

Aged 106
Maude Harris, 2

Aged 111:
Madeleine Chat, 111

Aged 112:
Madeleine Chat, 112

Aged 113:
Madeleine Chat, 113

Photos sourced from L'Yonne Republicaine and Geneanet.

Sept. 19, 2020; Madeleine Chat was born on August 10, 1907 in Auxerre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France. When she was a child, she witnessed World War I. She described it as an endless war where "soldiers, ingeniously, keep them busy with pounding shell breeches which became inkwells, vases, lamps, and more kinds of objects. My father has made some of these kind of objects that me and my young brothers discovered when he was in leave." Her father served in the back of a troops' refuelling service, so he came back without injuries. However, her three uncles were injured at leg, and limped all the rest of their life. She was 11 years old when the armistice was signed. It was four o'clock, when she was leaving school with a classmate, and there was a lot of agitation. She studied in Dijon and worked as a researcher in Nancy and Paris, before returning to Auxerre at the time of her retirement in 1972. Chat never married and has no children, and has joked that "God did not give me children, but the devil gave me nephews." Longevity runs in Chat's family; her mother and brother both lived to 93, her aunt lived to 104, and her great-grandmother lived to 95. Chat currently lives in Auxerre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France. She bought a computer at the age of 104 and, according to her niece, continued to send emails and photos even as a supercentenarian. On August 31, 2017, three weeks after her 110th birthday, Chat became the oldest known living person in Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, following the death of fellow 110-year-old Yvonne Bouton. At age 112, she walked without assistance or eventually with a cane. As of her 113th birthday, she was able to walk with a walker. She has chosen the menu and made the invitations. When her niece asked her if she was tired, she replied: "Yes, but it's an happy tiredness !".

Madeleine Chat died in Auxerre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France on December 14, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 126 days. She was the sixth-oldest living person in France at time of her death. Her successor as the oldest living person in Bourgogne-Franche-Comte was Madeleine Thomas.


Tari Chiba, 112

Aged 110:
Tari Chiba, 110

On her 112th birthday:
Tari Chiba, 112
These photos were sourced from http://www.rikubetsu.or.jp.

July 9, 2019; Tari Chiba was born in Aomori, Japan on January 19, 1907 and died in Hokkaido, Japan on June 20, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 152 days.


Icie Clark, 112

Aged 105:
Icie Clark, 105

At age 110 with her two younger sisters: Madeline and Pauline:
Icie Clark, 110

Icie Clark's 112th birthday:
Icie Clark, 112

September 25, 2019; Icie Clark was born in West Virginia, United States on March 19, 1907 and died in Pennsylvania, United States on August 4, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 138 days.


Leonora Cox, 112

On her 110th birthday:
Leonora Cox, 110

On her 111th birthday:
Leonora Cox, 111

January 28, 2020; Leonora Cox was born as Leonora Margaret Valentine in Hatfield, England, United Kingdom. Her father died aged 43 of injuries sustained while fighting in World War I, while both her mother and maternal grandmother lived to be 98. As a young adult, she travelled to many European countries, including Switzerland and Germany. By 1932, she was living in Sussex, England, where she married silversmith Harry Cox and had a son, Harry Jr., with him. The family moved to the United States in 1938, and struggled to find work as the USA was still suffering from effects of the Great Depression. Harry found a job with General Motors, and later joined the US Army. In his later life, Harry served in the Pacific War Theater. Harry Cox died in 1972 after 40 years of marriage. As a centenarian, Leonora used a walking stick and had lost her sight to glaucoma. By her 110th birthday in 2017, she was living in a nursing home and celebrated becoming a supercentenarian with her family and friends.

Leonora Cox died in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, on April 6, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 98 days.


CP Crawford, 112

At age 108:
CP Crawford, 108

At age 110:
CP Crawford, 110

At age 111:
CP Crawford, 111

At age 112:
CP Crawford, 112
CP Crawford, 112
CP Crawford, 112

Pictures were sourced from www.thelansingjournal.com and FOX32.com.

November 23, 2019; CP Crawford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, on August 25, 1907, to John and Mattie Crawford. His mother died when he was an infant and he only knew her from stories told by his family. Named after a traveling Southern preacher, CP was his actual name, not his initials. Crawford was the youngest of his family, which included three brothers and two sisters. All siblings were separated after their mother died and were raised by aunts and uncles. He was not allowed to attend school, so as a young boy around the age of four, Crawford started working in in fields picking cotton, ploughing the fields of corn, and manning the gardens. Around the age of 13, he got his first job working at a cafe washing dishes. After working at Southland Oil Refinery, Crawford went on to work at Illinois Central Railroad which brought him to Chicago. He was married three times and had six foster children, but never had any biological children. Prior to moving to an assisted living facility in September 2011, Crawford had been living alone. On 25 August 2019, Crawford celebrated his 112th birthday. In September 2019, he participated in an open White Sox baseball game.

CP Crawford died in Lansing, Illinois, USA on November 23, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 90 days. Coincidentally, his death occurred on the same day as the USA's oldest living woman, Alelia Murphy.

Crawford became the oldest living African-American man following the death of Richard Overton on December 27, 2018. After the death of Henry Tseng on February 27, 2019, Crawford became the oldest known living man in the United States and the last known surviving man in the USA born in 1907. Following his death, Irving Piken became the oldest known living man in the United States. At the time of his death, he was the second-oldest living man in the world behind Chitetsu Watanabe.


Voncile Dry, 112

In her centenarian years:
Voncile Dry as centenarian

At age 110.
Voncile Dry, 110

At age 111.
Voncile Dry, 111

September 25, 2019; Voncile Dry was born in Okaloosa, Florida, USA on April 24, 1907 and died in Tampa, Florida, USA, on Sept. 7, 2019, at the age of 112 years, 136 days.


Irene Dunham, 113

Undated photo:
Irene Dunham

During an interview at age 109 (May 2017):
Irene Dunham, 109
Photo courtesy of Lansing State Journal..

Dec. 23, 2019; Irene Dunham was born Irene Babcock on December 16, 1907 to Duane and Mabel (Whitney) Babcock. She grew up on a farm located four miles from Bath, Michigan. She was the oldest of nine siblings. She began attending Bath Consolidated School in seventh grade. On May 18, 1927, Irene Dunham, then aged 19, survived the Bath High School bombing. She took a day off school due to a sore throat. That day, school board trustee Andrew Kehoe had planted 1000lbs of dynamite in the basement of the building, which exploded, killing 38 schoolchildren and six adults, and injured at least 58 other people. After the explosion that morning, he parked his truck, loaded with more explosives, in front of what was left of the building. He detonated the vehicle, killing himself, the school superintendent, two adults, and a child. Dunham and her mother heard the explosion, then got in their car and drove to see what it was. They arrived to find the north wing of the school in a pile of rubble. Several of Dunham's siblings were in the school at the time of the explosion. Her sister Eva jumped out of a first-floor window with some classmates to escape, and her brother, Lloyd, lost a finger in the explosion. Soon after the bombing, she married Laurits Dunham. The ceremony had been planned before the attack. She continued with school later that year, with classes being held in various places in the town, such as a drug store. She eventually received her diploma 50 years later when Bath High School's 1977 graduating class invited the 1927 senior class to their ceremony. Laurits Dunham died in 1972. The couple had a daughter Lorraine (1930-2020) and two sons, Laurits Jr. (1932-2013) and Bruce (born 1946). Dunham has nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 23 great-great-grandchildren. She survived a bout of colon cancer, surprising her doctors. Dunham has lived in Lansing, Michigan, for more than 80 years. At the age of 109, she lived independently, could walk with the aid of a walker, and still held a driver's license. She became a supercentenarian in December 2017.

Irene Dunham presently lives in Lansing, Michigan, USA. She became the oldest living person in the state of Michigan, following the death of Ellen Goodwill of Battle Creek.


Kano Ebara, 113

Aged 100:
Kano Ebara, 100
Photo courtesy of Mr. Yu Li..

July 8, 2019; Kano Ebara was born in Japan on March 30, 1907. She was reported as the oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Kano Ebara passed away on June 14, 2020, at the age of 113 years, 76 days.


Reita Fennell, 113

Aged 107:
Reita Fennell, 107

As a young woman and as centenarian.
Reita Fennell, young

Aged 110, one month before her 111th birthday:
Reita Fennell, 110

Aged 112:
Reita Fennell, 112

Pictures sourced from Melfort Journal and Facebook.

October 6, 2019; Reita Fennell was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada, on November 20, 1907. She was one of ten children. In 1929, she married Albert Fennell. At the time of her 107th birthday, Fennell stated that she didn't follow any specific diet and didn't have any secrets for how to live a long, healthy life. She lived in Melfort, Saskatchewan, and reportedly kept busy with a wide variety of activities. According to her granddaughter-in-law Carmen Irvine, Fennell was a "social butterfly". Actually, she used to celebrate her birthdays with close to 100 people. However, she couldn't have done it during her 113th birthday, which was during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, she used the application FaceTime to keep in touch with the relatives she couldn't see.

Reita Fennell died of natural causes in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 17, 2021, at the age of 113 years, 148 days. She was the third-oldest living person in Canada after Phyllis Ridgway and Cecile Klein, and the oldest living person in Saskatchewan.


Elisabeth Frenoy, 112

On her 112th birthday:
Elisabeth Frenoy, 112
This photo was sourced from https://abonne.lunion.fr.

July 5, 2019; Elisabeth Frenoy was born in Marne, Grand Est, France on February 7, 1907 and died in Chalons-en-Champagne, Marne, Grand Est, France on April 20, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 72 days.


Opal Goode, 112

As a young woman:
Opal Goode, young
Opal Goode, young
Opal Goode, young

Opal Goode together with her husband Henry Goode.
Opal Goode, undated

Opal Goode at age 110.
Opal Goode, 110
Opal Goode, 110
Opal Goode, 110
Opal Goode, 110

Opal Goode at age 111.
Opal Goode, 111

Opal Goode at age 112.
Opal Goode, 112
Opal Goode, 112
The pictures were sourced from The News Review, and 23ABC News.

Jan. 10, 2020; Cora Opal Goode was born as Cora Opal Griggs in Oklahoma Territory, USA, on June 3, 1907, five months before the territory became a state. Her parents were James Cleveland Griggs (1885-1951) and Mary Elizabeth (nee Bowen) Griggs (1888-1965). The family moved to Texas via covered wagon when Opal was an infant, but a few years later, they returned to Oklahoma. Her father worked in the oil fields. Goode remembered seeing the first Model-T cars, seeing a woman driving a car for the first time, and seeing a car that wasn't black. She also remembered World War I, especially when it ended. She wanted to attend the celebrations, but her father didn't let her because he thought that all the excitement would be too much for an 11-year-old girl to handle. Goode was the valedictorian of her senior class in high school on May 13, 1926. On September 28, 1926, she married Henry Goode and had a daughter, Cheryl, with him. The couple eventually settled in Ridgecrest, California in early 1945, where Henry spent the remainder of World War II working at China Lake. Opal worked at Ridgecrest's first bank, which opened in 1946. Goode had originally agreed to work at the bank until Christmas 1946, but ended up working there for around 24 years, until retirement in 1970. Her husband Henry died in 1976 aged 73, after almost 50 years of marriage. Since then, she has enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She lived on her own until she was 105. Her secret to a long life was "hard work and clean living."

Opal Goode died in Ridgecrest, California, USA, on September 17, 2019, at the age of 112 years, 106 days.


Ellen Goodwill, 114

As a young woman:
Ellen Goodwill, young

On her 110th birthday
Ellen Goodwill, 110

On her 111th birthday
Ellen Goodwill, 111
The pictures were sourced from Battle Creek Enquirer and social media.

July 14, 2019; Ellen Goodwill was born Ellen Lear in Paris, Kentucky, USA, on February 2, 1907. As a young adult, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, USA, and became a model. In 1947, she married Augustus "Gus" Goodwill in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, after meeting him at a dance several years prior. The couple had no children. She worked dressing shop windows in Battle Creek until her arthritis prevented her from doing so. Goodwill's husband died in 1972, after 25 years of marriage. Goodwill celebrated her 110th birthday in 2017 with her neighbours, friends, and family. As of her 111th birthday in 2018, she still enjoyed to read magazines and do crafts in her nursing home. She became the oldest known living person in Michigan following the death of 113-year old Irene Dutton on 15 May 2020.

Ellen Goodwill died in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 2, 2021 at the age of 114 years, 28 days. At the time of her death, she was the 3rd oldest validated living person in the USA.


Maude Harris, 113

Aged 2 in 1909:
Maude Harris, 2

Aged 107:
Maude Harris, 107

Aged 111:
Maude Harris, 111

Aged 112:
Maude Harris, 112

Photos sourced from https://www.miamiherald.com and social media.

Nov. 17, 2019; Maude Harris was born in Minnesota, USA, on 15 August 1907. Her parents were John Alfred Juelson and Swedish-born Ellen Juelson. She had three younger siblings: Bernice, Harman, and Corine. Her paternal grandmother, also named Ellen, was born in Norway. In 1938, she married Guy Harris in King County, Washington, USA. At the age of 103, Harris was reported to be quite active, and knitted hats and sweaters for premature babies born at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She currently lives in a retirement community in Hialeah, Florida, USA.


Bessie Hendricks, 113

As a young woman:
Bessie Hendricks, young

On her 108th birthday
Bessie Hendricks, 108

On her 110th birthday
Bessie Hendricks, 110

On her 111th birthday
Bessie Hendricks, 111

On her 112th birthday
Bessie Hendricks, 112
The pictures were sourced from https://www.vetterintheloop.com, https://www.messengernews.net, and by the courtesy of Mr. Edward Schaffer.

Nov. 29, 2019; Bessie Hendricks was born as Bessie Sharkey on a farm in Carroll County a few miles southeast of Auburn, Iowa, on November 7, 1907. Her parents were Hugh and Mattie (Clark) Sharkey. She had four older siblings John, David, Laurence and Ethel. A younger sister, Anna, was born in 1910 after the family had moved in 1908 to a 160-acre farm two miles east and one mile north of Lake City in Calhoun County. At age 5, Hendricks began attending first grade - there was no kindergarten - at the country school across the road from the family’s farm. While not at school, she helped with chores at home. By the time Bessie Hendricks entered seventh grade, the local country school was closed to due lack of pupils, so she attended Central School in Lake City. A more profound life change would occur, however, when Hendricks' mother passed away from illness on July 2, 1921. Thereafter, 13-year-old Bessie Hendricks had to assume many more household responsibilities. She continued her education, however, and graduated from Lake City High School in May 1926. A little over 90 years later, she attended the all-school reunion in Lake City in the summer of 2016. During her high school years, Hendricks completed a normal training course that allowed her to teach country school following her graduation. Starting in the fall of 1926, she taught country school in the Lake City area for four years.

Just before she started her last year of teaching, Hendricks attended a dance in Lohrville one evening with a friend named Art Hendricks, who had an older brother named Paul. After Paul and Bessie married on June 27, 1930, at the Woodlawn Christian Church, the couple lived in Rands for nearly three years. Paul Hendricks worked at the grain elevator and depot, in addition to running a small store. The couple's first two daughters, Shirley and Joan, were born during this time. In March 1933, the young family moved to a farm east of Lake City that would be the Hendricks' home place for the next 47 years. The family expanded to include Roland (Ron), Glenda and Leon. After Paul and Bessie Hendricks retired and held their farm sale in 1979, they moved to a home in Lake City in July 1980. The couple were one month shy of celebrating their 65th anniversary when Paul Hendricks passed away on May 25, 1995. In her later years, Hendricks stayed busy helping her family with various projects, including processing 500 chickens one summer. She was also active in the Woodlawn Christian Church, where she has been a member for 92 years.

Reportedly, Bessie Hendricks is comfortable with her life at Shady Oaks, where her family visits often. With no major illnesses and only a couple prescription medicines in Hendricks' daily routine, her physician, Dr. Derek Duncan, of Lake City, calls her his "miracle lady."

As of the present day, Bessie Hendricks is the oldest living person in the state of Iowa.


Marie-Florentine Jousseaume, 113

On her 108th birthday
Marie-Florentine Jousseaume, 108

On her 110th birthday
Marie-Florentine Jousseaume, 110
The pictures were sourced from www.ouest-france.fr

Oct. 6, 2020; Marie-Florentine Jousseaume was born as Marie-Florentine Lamothe in Saint-Hilaire-le-Vouhis, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France on 17 June 1907. She was the youngest of four children. Her father, who was a miller, fought in World War I. Every day, after school, Marie-Florentine would tend to the sheep on the family’s farm. In 1928, Marie-Florentine married Arseme Jousseaume and had two children with him: Arsene (born 1930) and Yvonne (born 1932). The couple became farmers, and Marie-Florentine made butter to sell. The farm had no running water; the family had to get water from the well. In 1963, the couple moved to Chardonnay, Vendee. Arseme passed away in 1990 after 62 years of marriage, leaving Marie-Florentine a widow. Two years later, Marie-Florentine moved into an annex of a residential care home and lived there until 2004, when she moved into the main building. As of her 108th birthday in 2015, along with her two children, she had five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Marie-Florentine Jousseaume died from COVID-19 in Chardonnay, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France on December 19, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 185 days. She is the oldest (known) victim of the pandemic.


Yuki Kamitamari, 112

Aged 109:
Yuki Kamitamari, 109

Aged 110:
Yuki Kamitamari, 110

Yuki Kamitamari, 110

July 25, 2019; Yuki Kamitamari was born in Japan on February 15, 1907 and currently lives in Fukuoka, Japan.


Ann Downing Kay, 112

Aged 106, during an interview:
Ann Downing Kay, 106

Aged 109:
Ann Downing Kay, 109

Aged 110, during another interview:
Ann Downing Kay, 110

Aged 111:
Ann Downing Kay, 111

Aged 112:
Ann Downing Kay, 112

Photo courtesy of the family.

Dec. 17, 2019; Ann Downing Kay was born as Ann Downing Jett in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on November 23, 1907. She grew up in a rowhouse in the Walbrook section of Baltimore. Her father was a clothier on West Fayette Street. She, along with her parents and four siblings, later moved to a house on Carlisle Avenue in Forest Park. Growing up, her household was a strict Methodist one. Ann Downing and her siblings would often dance along to their Victrola (a kind of gramophone). She graduated from Forest Park High School and Maryland State Normal School (now Towson University) and later became a schoolteacher. She married George Kay in 1932 and had two children with him. When her younger child started school, she became a kindergarten teacher, and, eventually, head of the preschool, a position she held for 20 years. Every morning until she was 100, she drank the juice of half a lemon mixed with warm water. She only stopped because she'd "lived to be 100, and thought that was long enough." Kay remained mentally sharp as a centenarian, still playing Scrabble when she was almost 109. By this time, she had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. On her 110th birthday, she was easily able to give a comprehensive interview, at the end of which she said: "Honey, you've asked me enough questions."

Ann Downing Kay died in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on May 15, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 174 days. She was survived by her daughter, Anne, seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the oldest living person in Maryland. Her age was verified with the help of Mrs. Kathryn Kay.


Cecile Klein, 113

Aged 107:
Cecile Klein, 107

Aged 108:
Cecile Klein, 108

Aged 111:
Cecile Klein, 111
Cecile Klein, 111

Aged 112:
Cecile Klein, 112

Aged 113:
Cecile Klein, 113

Pictures sourced from montrealtheatrehub.com, ciusss360.ca, and Facebook.

October 6, 2019; Cecile Klein was born on June 15, 1907 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Polish-born Jewish parents Louis Efros (1881-1950) and Rachel Pearson Efros (1887-1965). She married Israeli-born Erwin Klein (1905-1999) on June 5, 1932, and they were married for 67 years. The couple had three children: Harriet, Arnold, and Louise. Cecile Klein currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Following the death of Phyllis Ridgway of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 4, 2021, Cecile Klein became the oldest living person in Canada.


Evelyn Kleine, 112

Evelyn Kleine, aged 110:
Evelyn Kleine, 110

The Holm sisters: Esther, Ruth, Adeline & Evelyn, around 1910.
Evelyn Kleine, 112

Marriage photo of Evelyn Kleine, 1932.
Evelyn Kleine, 112

Evelyn Kleine on her 111th birthday, together with her great-niece, Mrs. Joanie Anderson.
Evelyn Kleine, 111

On her 112th birthday:
Evelyn Kleine, 112

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Joanie Anderson.

November 5, 2019; Evelyn Kleine was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on July 11, 1907. She was a daughter of Swedish-born parents, Anna and Gus Holm. The family moved to Columbia Heights, Minnesota when she was eight years old. Over the course of her life, she has lived in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Florida, but returned to Columbia Heights when she was 70. She outlived two husbands and had no children. Kleine, whose father reached 96 and her grandfather 94, says the secret to a long life is "sometimes in the attitude". She also said "Just behave! No drinking, smoking. Clean living! Ignore trouble". Evelyn Kleine passed away in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, USA on 7 December 2019 at the age of 112 years, 149 days. She was the oldest living person in Minnesota.


Katsue Kurimoto, 113

Aged 107, during the mayor's visit in 2014:
Katsue Kurimoto, 107

Aged 111, during the mayor's visit in 2018:
Katsue Kurimoto, 111

October 25, 2020; Katsue Kurimoto was born in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, on March 20, 1907. Following the death of Kura Bingo on October 31, 2019, she became the oldest living person in Nara Prefecture. Her age was verified by Japan's MHLW, Yumi Yamamoto (GRG-Japan Correspondent), Fabrizio Villatoro (GRG-Mexico Correspondent) and Yu Li, and validated by the GRG on October 25, 2020.

Katsue Kurimoto died in Gose, Nara Prefecture, Japan on November 22, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 247 days.


Hildegard Lange, 112

Aged 111:
Hildegard Lange, 111
This photo was sourced from https://www.pbams.de.

June 20, 2019; Hildegard Lange was born in Allenstein, East Prussia, Germany (now Olsztyn, Warmia-Masuria, Poland) on January 12, 1907. She lived in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Agnes Lowe, 112

Agnes Lowe, third from right, in school photo in Collinsville, Connecticut in 1913 or 1914.
Agnes Lowe, school

Agnes Lowe, aged 21, second from left, with her four sisters in Torrington, 1928.
Agnes Lowe, sisters

Aged 109:
Agnes Lowe, 109

Aged 110:
Agnes Lowe, 110

Aged 112:
Agnes Lowe, 112
Agnes Lowe, 112
Agnes Lowe, 112
Photo courtesy of Mrs. Kathy Moyher, granddaughter of Mrs. Agnes Lowe.

February 3, 2020; Agnes Lowe was born on October 23, 1907 in Collinsville, Connecticut, USA. She was the second daughter of Slovakian immigrants Joseph and Catherine Matava. Her father died aged 39 from lung disease in 1914, and her mother died in 1917, leaving Agnes and her four sisters orphaned. They were split up and lived with different families. Lowe married Wilfred Lawrence Lowe and had one daughter, Mary. She worked for the Waterbury Pen Company, and after retiring she organised bus trips and did line dancing with a senior group. Lowe also survived a cancer diagnosis. In her later life, Lowe was cared for by her granddaughter Kathy Moyher.

Agnes Lowe died in Shelton, Connecticut, USA, on March 19, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 148 days. She was the third oldest living person in Connecticut behind Margaret Quinn and Florence Carroll.


Evangelista Luisa Lopez de Contarino, 113

Aged 109:
Evangelista Luisa Lopez de Contarino, 109

Aged 110:
Evangelista Luisa Lopez de Contarino, 110

Aged 112:
Evangelista Luisa Lopez de Contarino, 112
Photo courtesy of Mr. Carlos Alberto Pino and Mrs. Estefania Antonella Negrello of Argentina.

Oct. 24, 2019; Evangelista Luisa Lopez de Contarino was born in Villa Constitucion, Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, on 21 June 1907. In 1989, at the age of 82, she moved to Mar del Plata with her husband and children. She had 6 children. Evangelista Luisa makes tissues and cares for her plants. According to her granddaughter: She's always doing things, she likes to talk a lot. At the age of 112, she had 16 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. On her 112th birthday, she revealed the secret of her longevity: take a glass of wine every day at lunch.

Lopez de Contarino currently lives in Don Bosco, Mar del Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 112 years. She currently lives with her daughter Sara (aged 89 in 2019) and her son Mario (aged 86). She is the second oldest validated living person in Argentina behind Casilda Benegas-Gallego.


Mildred Mangold, 113

In 2010, aged 103:
Mildred Mangold, 103

112th birthday:
Mildred Mangold, 112

Aged 112:
Mildred Mangold, 112a

113th birthday:
Mildred Mangold, 113

June 4, 2021; Mildred "Mila" Mangold was born on November 14, 1907 in Nebraska, USA, to Albert and Barbara (Vokoun) Plecity. She remembered the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. She also had memories of soldiers returning from World War I. She met her husband, Walter S. Mangold, in Southern California. He worked in public health and she had a job as a secretary in a health department in Los Angeles, where she lived during the Great Depression. During the 1940s, the couple moved to Berkeley, California, where Walter became a professor at UC Berkeley. He helped to found the field of environmental health. They had one son together, Donald. Mangold continued to drive until the age of 95. Up until her centenarian years, she would collect oranges from her tree to make marmalade for her neighbours. During her supercentenarian years, she has been wheelchair-bound. Mangold's grandmother lived to be 95, and her sister Mae to 100. At the time of her 113th birthday, Mangold lived in an assisted living facility in El Cerrito, California, United States. Mangold may have been the oldest living person in California following the death of Lucy Mirigian on Feb. 12, 2021.


Setsuko Moriyama, 113

Aged 30:
Setsuko Moriyama, 30

Aged 70:
Setsuko Moriyama, 70

Aged 112:
Setsuko Moriyama, 112
Setsuko Moriyama, 112

On her 113th birthday:
Setsuko Moriyama, 113

Photos courtesy of Yumi Yamamoto, GRG-Japan Correspondent, and Naha City nursing home.

Feb. 10, 2021; Setsuko Moriyama November 5, 1907 in Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. In 1932, at the age of 25, she married Seikichi Uehara. They had five children: two daughters, Hiroko (1933-1944) and Kazuko (born 1938), and three sons: Kensho (born 1936), middle son (born 1940, died in the Philippines), and Kenyu (born 1942). In 2006, at the age of 99, Moriyama moved into a nursing home in Naha City, Okinawa. In November 2017, she celebrated her 110th birthday. In September 2020, Moriyama was reported as the oldest living person in Okinawa Prefecture.

Setsuko Moriyama died on March 1, 2021 at the age of 113 years, 116 days.


Yoshie Okamoto, 112

Aged 106 in 2013:
Yoshie Okamoto, 106

Sept. 12, 2019; Yoshie Okamoto was born in Japan on March 31, 1907. In September 2017, she was reported as the oldest living person in Fukui Prefecture, being the successor of Yoshiko Ito, who passed away on 10 April 2017. In Sept. 2018, she was reported as the oldest living person in Fukui Prefecture. She lived in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.


Maria de Paiva Pereira, 112

Undated photo
Maria de Paiva Pereira

At age 110:
Maria de Paiva Pereira, 110

The pictures were sourced from http://www.futurafm.com.br/

Feb. 15, 2020; Maria de Paiva Pereira claimed to have been born in Itajuba, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on Jan. 2, 1908; however, the validation process concluded her actual birthdate was Dec. 26, 1907. Her parents were Lazaro Severino Paiva and Barbara Maria Vieira. She married Pedro de Alcantara Pereira with whom she had ten children. In 1972, she moved to Pinheirinho, Itajuba, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She worked as a teacher in "Academia Itajubense de Letras" in Itajuba. At the age of 100, she wrote the poem titled "Saudade", in honor of one of her children. She became a supercentenarian in December 2017. Her age was verified by Ricardo Pereira Lago, Stefan Maglov, Tiago Jose Soares Silva, and Jeffrey Xu, and validated by the GRG on Feb. 15, 2020.

Maria de Paiva Pereira died on July 1, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 188 days.


Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere, 112

Aged 105:
Sarah Patenaude Bruyere, 105

July 22, 2019; Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere was born in Russell, Ontario, Canada on February 20, 1907 to parents Joseph and Marie-Louise (nee Gebault) Patenaude. She moved to Embrun, Ontario and began teaching in the village's one-room school. In 1929, Bruyere married Prosper Bruyere in Embrun, Ontario, and had seven children with him: Raymond, Roger, Marcel, Jean-Guy, Bernard, Eleonore and Marie. At her 105th birthday celebration, when asked what her secret to a long life was, she replied that she didn't know, but she used to drink a glass of prune juice every two days. She became the oldest known living person in Canada following the death of 114-year old Ellen Gibb on 5 June 2019.

Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere passed away at the Monastere d'Aylmer retirement home in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on February 17, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 362 days.


Margaret Quinn, 112

Aged 111:
Margaret Quinn, 111

Undated photo:
Margaret Quinn, undated

The pictures were sourced from social media and public obituary of Mrs. Quinn.

Nov. 11, 2019; Margaret Quinn was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA on July 14, 1907 (later claimed July 15). She was one of six children to Margaret and Thomas Doran. She had two sisters and three brothers (now deceased). One brother Fr. Joseph Patrick Doran, was a Vincentian priest. Quinn lived in Ireland for a few years as a child. She married Arthur Quinn in 1929 and had three sons: Father Bruce Quinn (1931-2016), a Franciscan Capuchin priest, Thomas Quinn and James Quinn. Quinn stayed at home and raised her three sons. She did work at one time, however, doing her part for the war effort in a machine shop in 1942. She resided at Middlesex Health Center for 19 years.

Quinn died in Middletown, Connecticut, USA on April 8, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 269 days.


Phyllis Ridgway, 114

Aged 107:
Phyllis Ridgway, 107

Wedding photo:
Phyllis Ridgway, Wedding

Undated photo, together with her husband Ernest Joseph Ridgway:
Phyllis Ridgway, undated

Aged 113:
Phyllis Ridgway, 113
Phyllis Ridgway, 113a
Phyllis Ridgway, 113b

The pictures were sourced from the Global News, Toronto.

Aug. 20, 2020; Phyllis Ridgway was born in Lincolnshire, England, UK on March 10, 1907. She migrated to Canada at the time she was 16, in 1923. In 1933, she married Ernest Joseph Ridgway. The couple spent 54 years together and had one son. She lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ridgway became the oldest known living person in Canada following the death of 112-year-old Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere on February 17, 2020. Shortly afterwards, she celebrated her 113th birthday. In March 2021, Ridgway celebrated her 114th birthday, becoming the first British-born person to do so since Ethel Lang in 2014, and the first Canada resident to do so since Ellen Gibb in 2019. Three days after her 114th birthday, she received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Phyllis Ridgway died at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto on June 4, 2021, aged 114 years, 86 days. Following her death, Cecile Klein became the oldest living person in Canada.


Shizu Sato, 112

Aged 110:
Shizu Sato, 110

Aged 112:
Shizu Sato, 112

December 29, 2019; Shizu Sato was born in Japan on December 9, 1907. Her eldest son was Toyosaku. In September 2019, she was reported as the second-oldest living person in Nagano Prefecure, behind Michiko Yamazaki. At the age of 112, she lived in Tenjindo, Iiyama. Sato died in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, on 29 August 2020, at the age of 112 years, 264 days. She was the oldest known living person in Nagano prefecture at the time of her death.


Alexina St-Pierre Loyer, 112

On her 107th birthday:
Alexina St-Pierre Loyer, 107

Celebrating her 110th birthday:
Alexina St-Pierre Loyer, 110
Alexina St-Pierre Loyer, 110a

Alexina Saint-Pierre Loyer, 112, alongside her nephew, Marcel Loyer, in 2020.
Alexina St-Pierre Loyer, 112

December 11, 2019; Alexina St-Pierre Loyer was born in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada on November 21, 1907. She was born in to a farming family with 17 children. She grew up near Bic National Park in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec. St-Pierre Loyer worked as a teacher for 41 years, firstly in Bas-Saint-Laurent before moving to Greater Montreal, Quebec in the 1940s. In 1949, she married Lucien Loyer. The couple had no children, and were married until Lucien's death in 1999. After her husband's death, St-Pierre Loyer moved to Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec to be near her sister, Berthille. On her 107th birthday, she had three sisters and one brother alive. In November 2017, she celebrated her 110th birthday and received a certificate from the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

St-Pierre Loyer died of complications associated with COVID-19 in Joliette, Quebec, Canada on May 22, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 183 days. She reportedly remained lucid until her final two weeks. At 112, she was the oldest known victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Marthe Roch, 113

Aged 106:
Marthe Roch, 106

110th birthday:
Marthe Roch, 110

111th birthday:
Marthe Roch, 111

Aug. 27, 2021; Marthe Roch Marthe Roch was born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France, on August 19, 1907. She and her husband worked in the fields and on market stalls. They had 12 children (six girls and six boys), and are believed to have around 210 direct descendants as of 2020. On her 113th birthday in August 2020, Roch was awarded an honorary diploma by the local council.

Marthe Roch died in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France, on September 21, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 33 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest known living person in Guadeloupe. She is the oldest validated person from Guadeloupe.


Hatsue Tachikawa, 112

109th birthday:
Hatsue Tachikawa, 109

110th birthday:
Hatsue Tachikawa, 110

111th birthday:
Hatsue Tachikawa, 111

112th birthday:
Hatsue Tachikawa, 112

Feb. 21, 2020; Hatsue Tachikawa was born on December 10, 1907 in Japan. On December 16, 2017, six days after her 110th birthday, she became the oldest known person in Shizuoka Prefecture following the death of 110-year-old Teru Tanaka. Tachikawa's age was verified by Takeo Inishie, Yu Li, Yumi Yamamoto, and MHLW Japan, and validated by the GRG on February 21, 2020.

Hatsue Tachikawa died in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, on December 22, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 12 days. The oldest person in Shizuoka Prefecture after her death became Kahoru Furuya (born February 18, 1908).


Kikue Tanaka, 112

Aged 100:
Kikue Tanaka, 100

Aged 111:
Kikue Tanaka, 111

August 8, 2019; Kikue Tanaka was born in Japan on February 25, 1907. She was reported as the oldest living person in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, following the death of 114-year old Tane Yonekura. Kikue Tanaka passed away in Minamisatsuma City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on January 15, 2020, at the age of 112 years, 324 days.


Valesca Tanganelli-Pirolo, 112

Aged 110:
Valesca Tanganelli-Pirolo, 110

Oct. 18, 2019; Valesca Tanganelli-Pirolo was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy, on July 7, 1907. After her graduation, she moved to Buggiano, Tuscany. Whilst there, she married Dr. Francesco Pirolo, with whom she had two children, Gioacchino and Daniela. During the 1960s and '70s, Tanganelli was the headmistress and a professor at a media school. After retiring, she enrolled in a university for the elderly. After her husband's death in the late 1970s, she lived alone (albeit with a part-time caregiver) until her centenarian years. Tanganelli was a lifelong football fan, attending matches regularly, even as a nonagenarian. Tanganelli became a supercentenarian in July 2017. Following the death of 113-year old Anna Benericetti-Cimatti on 11 December 2019, Tanganelli became the oldest living person in Italy.

Valesca Tanganelli-Pirolo passed away in Buggiano, Tuscany, Italy on March 4, 2020 at the age of 112 years, 241 days.


Fusa Tatsumi, 113

Aged 110:
Fusa Tatsumi, 110

Feb. 15, 2020; Fusa Tatsumi was born in Japan on April 25, 1907. Her age was validated by the GRG on 13 August 2019. Tatsumi currently lives in Kashiwara, Osaka, Japan.


Mitsu Toshima, 112

Aged 111:
Mitsu Toshima, 111
This photo was sourced from https://www.townnews.co.jp.

May 21, 2019; Mitsu Toshima was born in Japan on January 5, 1907. She currently lives in Kanagawa, Japan.


Masae Uchiyama, 113

Aged 111:
Masae Uchiyama, 111

July 31, 2019; Masae Uchiyama was born in Nagasaki, Japan on February 27, 1907. In February 2018, she was reported as the second-oldest living person in Nagasaki Prefecture, behind 111-year-old Tsunahei Ogawa. Masae Uchiyama died in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, on July 28, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 151 days.


Chitetsu Watanabe, 112

Aged 105:
Chitetsu Watanabe, 105

Aged 107:
Chitetsu Watanabe, 107

Aged 109:
Chitetsu Watanabe, 109

Aged 110:
Chitetsu Watanabe, 110

Aged 111:
Chitetsu Watanabe, 111

August 24, 2019; Chitetsu Watanabe Watanabe was born in the Urakawahara suburb of Joetsu, Niigata, Japan on March 5, 1907. He was the first of eight children born to Haruzo and Miya Watanabe, who were farmers. After graduating from an agricultural high school, Watanabe worked for Dai-Nippon Meiji Sugar and moved to Taiwan to help conclude sugar cane plantation contracts there. During his 18 years in Taiwan, Watanabe married his wife, Mitsue, and four out of their five children were born there. He also served in the military towards the end of the Pacific War in 1944. He returned to Niigata after the war and worked for a departure agency. In 1974, Watanabe and his son Tetsuo built a new family home, which had about a hectare worth of farm next to it. He also worked on his bonsai until he was set to live in a nursing home. He also presented his work at local exhibitions until 2007. After retiring, Watanabe lived with one of his son's family until the age of 108, when he moved to a care facility in Joetsu, Niigata, Japan. As of 2019, he had 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. In January 2019, in an interview for a local newspapers, he said that the secret to his longevity was to "not to get angry and keep a smile on your face". Watanabe became the oldest living person in Niigata Prefecture following the death of Tora Kosugi on December 11, 2018. He became the oldest living man in Japan following the death of 113-year-old Masazo Nonaka on January 20, 2019.

On February 12, 2020, Watanabe was officially recognised as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records. He died eleven days later on February 23, 2020, aged 112 years, 355 days.


Sumie Yabune, 113

Aged 110:
Sumie Yabune, 110

July 16, 2019; Sumie Yabune was born in Japan on February 5, 1907. She got married at the age of 22 and had six children: three sons and three daughters. Yabune became the oldest known living person in Wakayama prefecture in December 2015, following the death of an anonymous man (born 6 January 1907). In September 2018, she had 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Her age was validated by the GRG on May 2, 2019.

Sumie Yabune died in Kainan, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, on April 23, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 78 days.


Kesa Yamada, 113

Aged 111:
Kesa Yamada, 111

Feb. 16, 2020; Kesa Yamada was born in Japan on March 30, 1907. Her age was validated by the GRG on 25 August 2019. In her later life, she lived in Kanra, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. In January 2019, Yamada was reported to be the oldest living person in Gunma Prefecture. Her age was validated by the GRG on August 25, 2019.

Kesa Yamada died on August 15, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 138 days.


Tame Yamaguchi, 113

Aged 110:
Tame Yamaguchi, 110

Aged 111:
Tame Yamaguchi, 111
Tame Yamaguchi, 111

Aged 112:
Tame Yamaguchi, 112
This photo was sourced from https://www.townnews.co.jp.

June 26, 2019; Tame Yamaguchi was born in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on 20 March 1907. She became the oldest known living person in Miyazaki prefecture on 1 April 2016, following the death of 110-year-old Minoe Kageyama.

Tame Yamaguchi died in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan on September 6, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 170 days.


Yoshikazu Yamashita, 112

As a young man:
Yoshikazu Yamashita, young

At age 109:
Yoshikazu Yamashita, 109

At age 111:
Yoshikazu Yamashita, 111
Yoshikazu Yamashita, 111

At age 112:
Yoshikazu Yamashita, 112
Yoshikazu Yamashita, 112
This photo was sourced from https://www.townnews.co.jp.

January 4, 2020; Yoshikazu Yamashita was born in Japan on April 10, 1907. He was a long-time resident of Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Yamashita was reported as the oldest living man in Hiroshima Prefecture following the death of Keisan Miura on November 19, 2014, and the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture since the death of Toshimi Kikkawa on October 10, 2018.

Yoshikazu Yamashita passed away on July 7, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 88 days. He was the second-oldest living man in Japan, behind Chitetsu Watanabe.


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