Maria de Jesus

Date of birth: 10 September 1893
Date of death: 2 January 2009
Lifetime duration: 115 years, 114 days

Maria de Jesus dos Santos was a Portuguese supercentenarian. Born as Maria de Jesus, she married in 1919 and became a widow in 1951, when she was 57 years old. From that relationship, five children were born, three of whom are still living. She also has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. During her lifetime, she visited the hospital only once and was long in very good health, with the exception of her ambulation. Maria worked on the land for her entire life and still lived in her own house instead of a nursing home.

Although she was still responsive as of November 2008, she could no longer recognize her family, and had serious problems with her sight and hearing, although she was still able to smile and wave at visitors. She still walked around with the aid of a walker. She enjoyed looking through her old family albums, sunbathing at her porch, eating Portuguese rice pudding and ice cream, as well as taking bath
Country: Portugal