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Josephina Maria da Conceição

Josephina Maria da Conceicao (Portuguese: Conceição) was a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Josephina Maria da Conceicao was born in Sapucaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 25 September 1909. At the age of 15, she married Jorge Edmundo Souza, who was two years older. She lived most of her life in Cavalcanti, Rio de Janeiro, but lived for 30 years in Nova Iguacu. During her life, she worked in a fields. She never worked outside the home, neither went to school, which didn’t prevent her from taking care of the home economics. Her husband died at the age of 58. They had 11 children (six alive as of 2019). Her sister, Clotilde, died at the age of 97.

In September 2019, she celebrated her 110th birthday, surrounded by family and friends. At that time, she had 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great-grandchildren. According to her granddaughter, Leila Cristina de Souza, she has no diabetes, no glaucoma, no shivering… She is only in a wheelchair because when she turned 100, she started falling and the doctor thought it’s safer to do so… Her granddaughter claimed that she is two years older, but her birth certificate states she was born in 1909.

Josephina Maria da Conceicao died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 8 January 2023 at the age of 113 years, 105 days. She was the second-oldest known (documented) living person in Brazil, behind Inah Canabarro Lucas.

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Recognition

Da Conceição had very few public reports in her lifetime, with annual updates being posted on Facebook in her supercentenarian years.