Who Were The Oldest Women That Ever Lived in The 20Th Century?

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The Life’s longevity of these women is worth keeping because not even 95% of earth’s population can reach this stage and of course they had secrets or reasons why they lived longer.

I read an article before about a person being interviewed of why he lived longer, he got a short answer: “I NEVER EAT JUNK FOODS”. I guess, many of us can relate about his answer. 


Jeanne Calment from France was born on February 21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.

Secret of Life’s Longevity:

–  Easy Life (Had a prosperous husband)

– Stress Immunity (If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it)

– An occasional glass of wine and a diet which is rich with olive oil

– Laughter and Jokes ( Calment’s joke – God must have forgotten me)

– She had been into tennis, bicycling, swimming, and roller skating, piano, opera at younger age.

–  Having a bicycle until 100 and took a fencing class at 85.


Sarah Knauss from United States was born on September 24, 1880 and died on December 30, 1999 at the age of 119 years and 97 days. She lived up to six generations. Knauss had 1 child Kathryn Sullivan who was 96 years old when she died.

Secrets of Longevity

–  She’s a very tranquil person and nothing fazer her (Quoted by Kathryn Sullivan (107 years old – Knauss daughter).

–  She is survived by her family (daughter, grand-children, great-grand children and great-great grandchildren).

–  Knauss Formula of Longevity – Keep Busy, Work Hard, Don’t Worry About How Old You Are.


Lucy Hannah from United States was born on July 16, 1875 and died on March 21, 1993 with the age of 117 years and 248 days.  Lucy Hannah who was born Lucy Terrell is the oldest African American that ever live since the record begun.

Secrets of Longevity:


Marie – Louise Meilleur from Canada was born on August 29, 1880 and died on April 16, 1998 at the age of 117 years and 230 days. Meilleur was the oldest Canadian that ever lived. Had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Secrets of Longevity:

– Hard work

– hard work could never kill a person , quoted by Meiller (according to 72 year old daughter Rita Gutzman)


Maria Capovilla was born on September 14, 1889 and died on August 27, 2006 at the age of 116 years and 347 days. Born at Guayaguil, Ecuador with name Maria Esther Heredia Lecaro

Secrets of Longevity:

– Every day she thanks God that she’s alive.

– She never  smoke nor drank alcohol


Elizabeth Bolden from United States was born on August 15, 1890 and died on December 11, 2006 at the age of 116 years and 118days. Had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great-grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great-grandchildren. She was 21 years old when the World War 1 ended. Candy and ice cream were her favorite things.

Secrets of longevity:

– “I don’t know” – that was Bolden’s answer when the newspaper asked her on her 112 birthday while she lived long.

– She lived by simple rules.

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