The woman who is currently believed to be the longest living in the world is French nun Lucile Randon. (also known as Sister Andrée), died at the age of 118 in a nursing home in Toulon (France), less than four years after passing the highest age of death (122 years).
Born in Alsace (south-eastern France) on February 11, 1904, Randon was the second longest-lived French and European person in history, as well as the oldest nun. The old woman who had never lived, according to a Guinness World Records statement released after her death, which occurred Tuesday morning.
Woman previously worked as a governess for wealthy families in Paris Baptized Christian at the age of 26, and devoted herself to caring for children during World War II, a task she would continue for 28 years after the conflict in the Vichy city hospital.
At the age of 41, she entered the order of the Daughters of Charity, where she took the name Sister Andre, in honor of one of her three brothers.
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Sister Andre—who had already been through the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic—was infected of COVID-19 in January 2021, making her the oldest known survivor of the virus.
The woman had lived in Toulon since 2009, where she was recognized as an honorary citizen since 2019.
“Our city Toulon loses a Toulouse in the heart,” he wrote in his Upon hearing of his death, the city’s mayor, Hubert Falco, created a Twitter account.
“France has lost a big-hearted nun who generously shared His life experience (…) For my part, I lose a woman I held dear,” Falco said.
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Lucille Randon died less than a month after celebrating 119 years and just four years away from becoming the oldest living woman in history, a title held by French Jean Lewis Calment, who lived to be 122 and died in 1997.