Friday, January 19, 2007

World's oldest woman dies at 115

BBC - World's oldest woman dies at 115
Julie Winnefred Bertrand was born 16 September 1891 in the Quebec mill town of Coaticook near the US border.

She was officially proclaimed the world's oldest woman, and the second oldest person, after the death of American Elizabeth Bolden in December.

She passed away quietly in her sleep in the retirement home where she had lived for the last 35 years, her nephew said.
She was older than my great-grandmother who was born in 1897 and passed away in 1986. The thing that I found most interesting about the story was this line:
She never married but she had suitors, said her niece Elaine Sauciere.
I was always impressed that my great-grandmother lived alone as a widow for 30 years, but for a woman of that generation to have lived her entire life without being married is impressive.

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