Guinness Book Of Records' Oldest Person Sister André Dies Aged 1188 months ago
Sister André, formerly Lucile Randon and the oldest woman according to the Guinness Book of Records, passed away at the age of 118.
She was born on 11 February 1904.
She was confirmed as both the oldest person living (female) and overall oldest person living back in April 2022 following the passing of Kane Tanaka (Japan).
Lucile, who took the name of Sister André in 1944, is the second-oldest French person and the second-oldest European person ever recorded.
In her earlier years, Sister André worked as a teacher, governess, and childcare provider for children during World War II.
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Prior to becoming a Catholic nun, she worked for 28 years with elderly and orphan patients at a hospital in Vichy, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.
Sister André was also the oldest living nun and had devoted the majority of her life to religious service.
She received a letter from Pope Francis in 2019 and was designated an honorary citizen of Toulon, which is in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur area.
More recently, Sister André received yet another startling record for the oldest COVID-19 survivor.
On January 16, 2021, she tested positive for the coronavirus. To stop the virus from spreading, she was immediately quarantined at her retirement home, but she eventually recovered after three weeks.
Jeanne Louise Calment (France) currently holds the record for being the oldest person ever, and Lucile was just over three years away from breaking it.
Jeanne, whose birthday was February 21, 1875, lived for 122 years and 164 days.