27 March 1905Paris, Île-de-France, France


8 March 2017Gouvieux, Oise, Hauts-de-France, France



Madeleine Ragon

Madeleine Louise Ragon (née Normand) was a French supercentenarian who, before her death, was the oldest living person in the region of Hauts-de-France. Her age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Ragon was born as Madeleine Louise Normand in Paris, France on 27 March 1905 as the daughter of Marius and Prudence Normand. As a child, she played the piano and the violin, and retained vivid memories of World War I. Science and geography were her favourite subjects, and throughout her life, embraced new technologies.

Ragon’s parents were strict, and pushed her to achieve great things, sending her to boarding school. After Ragon found an internship easy, she enrolled in the French Dental School in Paris.

Aged 24, Ragon got a job as a dental surgeon, being one of the first women in France to do so, and soon after, opened her own practice. She got married aged 35, in 1940, and had no children. She enjoyed rowing as an adult.

Ragon moved into a retirement home in Gouvieux, Oise department, aged 103. As of her 110th birthday in 2015, Ragon reportedly had a living sister aged 104 at the time. She died on 8 March 2017 in Gouvieux aged 111 years, 346 days.

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At the time of her death, Ragon was the ninth-oldest known resident of France. She was the oldest living person in Hauts-de-France for an unknown amount of time; she was succeeded by Valentine Ligny.

Ragon’s age was verified by Cyril Depoudent of Les Grands Centenaires Français, and was validated by the ESO on 19 January 2020.

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