2 March 1902Marigny-Brizay, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France


22 April 2012Saint-Pierre-de-Maillé, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France



Émilienne Bain

Émilienne Lucienne Bain (née Jallais) was a French supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO), and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Bain was born as Émilienne Lucienne Jallais in Marigny-Brizay, a commune in Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s Vienne department. She was orphaned at the age of five, and taken in by the Daughters of the Cross orphanage in nearby La Puye.

Bain married her husband, André, and the couple had a son, Elie, on 4 November 1928. The family moved to Paris, where Bain worked as a seamstress for many years until her retirement around 1972.

Until she was 103 years old, Bain lived in Chauvigny. She moved into a retirement facility in Saint-Pierre-de-Maillé in 2005. On her 110th birthday, she celebrated with her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bain died on 22 April 2012 at the age of 110 years, 51 days.

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It is currently unclear when Bain became the oldest resident of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Following her death, the title passed to Suzanne Bost, then aged 109.

Bain’s age was verified by Luc Le Lay, as well as Cyril Depoudent and Les Grands Centenaires Français, and was validated by the GRG on 24 March 2013. Her age was later validated by the ESO on 26 February 2023.

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