6 March 1907Lislet, Aisne, Hauts-de-France, France


12 June 2019Epinal, Vosges, Grand Est, France



Marguerite Bailly

Marguerite Adèle Bailly (née Debail) was a French supercentenarian who was among the 10 oldest living people in the country. 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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Bailly was born as Marguerite Adèle Debail in Lislet, Aisne, Hauts-de-France on 6 March 1907. She was very ill as a child; her mother was almost always worried about her health. After spending time in Paris as a young adult, she joined her brother and sister, who were living in Golbey, Vosges.

Whilst living in Golbey, Bailly met her first husband, Maurice Toussaint, who owned a motorcycle garage on the Avenue de la Fontenelle. They married and had a daughter, Mauricette, in around 1931. Bailly was widowed 20 years later, in 1951.

After her husband’s death, Bailly moved to Epinal, Vosges, and there she met pharmacist Paul Bailly. They later married, but had no children. During her centenarian years, she had a nasty fall, but made a full recovery.

On her 110th birthday, Bailly was asked the secret to her longevity. She replied with: “I led a calm and quiet life. No excess, therefore, simple joys like long walks in the park or cards with friends.” Along with her daughter Mauricette, who was 86 at the time of her mother’s 110th birthday, she had two grandchildren, Eric and Emmanuel, five great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Following the 20 April 2019 death of Elisabeth Frénoy, Bailly became the region of Grand Est’s oldest resident. She died on 12 June 2019 at the age of 112 years, 98 days.

Biography sourced from Gerontology Wiki

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Bailly’s age was verified by Antoine Demarais (GRG), as well as Daniel Lejay and Les Grands Centenaires Français (ESO), and validated by the GRG on 7 June 2019. Her age was later validated by the ESO on 11 April 2020.