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BIOGRAPHY

Bonifacia Valcabado Sanz was born in San Martín de Rubiales, Castile and León, Spain on 14 May 1914. After her father’s sudden and early passing, her mother took over the family’s brandy factory. Her mother wanted her five daughters to learn a trade, so she sent Bonifacia to Burgos to study cutting and dressmaking.

In 1942, she married Eduardo Orive, an Air Force pilot, and lived in Zaragoza and Reus before his death led her to return to Valladolid. The couple had no children. Throughout her adult life, she was a great fan of ballet, theater, and social events.

Her mother lived to be 102, and one of her relatives died at 106.

At the age of 108, when asked about the secret to her longevity, she said it may lie in not working too much, eating everything in small quantities, exercising daily, and drinking a small glass of Ribera wine each day.

RECOGNITION

Her age has not been validated by LongeviQuest.

ATTRIBUTION

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