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BIOGRAPHY

Andree Guyon was born in the commune of Aize, Indre Department, Centre-Val de Loire Region, France on 6 June 1911. Her parents were Armand Gerbault (1884–1967) a farmer, and Agathe Leday (1889–1916). She had four siblings: André (1909–1984), Jacques Valentin (1913–1933), Jean (1914–1939), Jeanne Armandine (1916–2011), as well as two half-siblings from her father’s second marriage: Paulette (1921–2011) and Jacqueline. At the age of 10, she started working on a farm.

On 5 June 1937, she married Pierre Guyon (1911–1971) in Paris. The couple had two daughters (Jacqueline and Christiane). She moved to Saint-Éliph (Eure-et-Loir) in 1941. The same year, she was hired as a cook for a family in Champrond-en-Gâtine (Eure-et-Loir), while her husband managed the forestry estate.

Guyon kept on working as a cook until the age of 99. Around the same time, she moved back to Saint-Éliph. In June 2011, she celebrated her 100th birthday with 80 family members, including three surviving sisters: Jeanne, Paulette, and Jacqueline. As a centenarian, she had six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In the winter of 2015, Guyon underwent a leg amputation during an eight-month-long hospital stay. As a result, she required a wheelchair. However, when interviewed on her 105th birthday in 2016, she remained optimistic: “Hey yes, I’m 105 years old, I’m so lucky! I continue to navigate the house in a wheelchair. And when there is sun, I look for it!“ When asked about the secret of her longevity on her 106th birthday, she attributed it to good humor and hard work. At the age of 108, she was still interested in the news from France and the world. She commended: “What do I think about the state of the world? It’s not very promising! Workers are left without jobs and can’t do what they want… Personally, I worked for years to earn a modest income, so I have a small pension, so there’s no need to do anything crazy.“

Guyon passed away in Saint-Éliph, Eure-et-Loir Department, Centre-Val de Loire Region, France, on 25 November 2023, at the age of 112 years.

RECOGNITION

Her age was verified by Cyril Depoudent of the Les Grands Centenaires Français, and validated by the ESO on 20 June 2021.

At the time of death, she was the third-oldest living person in France, behind Marie-Rose Tessier and Andrée Bertoletto. Following her passing, Lucienne Moreau (born 25 October 1912) succeeded her as the oldest living resident of Centre-Val de Loire Region.

ATTRIBUTION

* Andrée GERBAULT – Geneanet

* “Andrée Guyon : 100 ans et une belle famille” – La Nouvelle République, 8 June 2011

* “Andrée Guyon a soufflé ses 105 bougies à Saint-Éliph” – L’Écho Républicain, 7 June 2016

* “Andrée Guyon a célébré ses 106 ans” – L’Écho Républicain, 9 June 2017

* “Andrée, 108 ans, s’amuse toujours autant” – L’Écho Républicain, 12 July 2019

* “Cette habitante de Saint-Éliph est la doyenne du territoire Terres de Perche” – L’Echo Républicain, 18 June 2020

* “Andrée Guyon, la doyenne de la région Centre-Val de Loire, est décédée à 112 ans” – La République du Centre, 28 November 2023

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