Randon, known as Sister Andre, was born in the south of France on February 11, 1904, still a decade before World War I.
The world’s oldest known person, French nun Lucile Randon, has died at the age of 118, the AFP agency reported on Tuesday.
Randon, known as Sister André, was born in the south of France on February 11, 1904, still a decade before World War I.
She died in her sleep at her nursing home in Toulon, spokesman David Tavella said.
“There is great sadness but… it was her wish to join her beloved brother. For her it’s a liberation,” Tavella, from the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home.
New record: Oldest living person – Sister André, aged 118 years and 73 days old.
Sister André, born 11 February 1904 as Lucile Randon, is the oldest living person as well as the world's oldest nun and the oldest person to survive COVID-19 🙏 pic.twitter.com/3HisPI4saO
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) April 25, 2022
Randon was born the year New York opened its first subway and when the Tour de France had only been held once.
Her days in the nursing home were marked by prayer, meals, and visits from residents and hospice workers, according to France 24.
She was previously validated as the oldest living person in France since Honorine Rondello passed away on October 19, 2017. She was also the second oldest European person of all time, behind Jeanne Calment and the fourth oldest person of all time.
Following Juliette Bilde’s death on December 13, 2022, Lucile Randon became the last known surviving Frenchwoman born in the 1900s.
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