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BIOGRAPHY

Tranquilina Urrutia Roque was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, on 6 July 1912.

She met her partner Florencio at the age of 14 in 1926, a man who worked in a sugar mill. She never married, but she had 9 children with him (four died as infants) of which only two are living as of January 2024; Petra (aged 84) and Irene (aged 73).

From a young age she dedicated herself to sewing and cooking for people, she sewed the men’s shirts and pants and dresses for the women. One of her children died in her arms from lung cancer, which she says was one of the saddest moments of her life.

In 1966, after the death of her eldest daughter, she moved to Mexico City to work as a cook. After she saved money to buy land, she returned to Oaxaca to build her house, because she separated from her partner Florencio at the time. When she returned, she helped as cook for the town festivals and continued cooking food to sell.

At the age of 108, she received the COVID-19 vaccine, making her one of the oldest known people in Mexico to receive the vaccine.

She liked to dance. In February 2024, she was reported to spend much of her time in bed. She has 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

RECOGNITION

On 7 July 2022, her age was validated by the Latin American Supercentenarians (LAS), one day after her 110th birthday, becoming the first validated supercentenarian from the State of Oaxaca, as well as the first supercentenarian of Afro-Mexican descent.

On 5 January 2024, following the death of Susana Gutiérrez Godoy, she became the oldest known living person in Mexico whose age has been authenticated by an organization specializing in age verification.

ATTRIBUTION

(All the information regarding Tranquilina Urrutia Roque’s biography was gathered through interviews conducted by LongeviQuest with her family.)

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