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Maria da Encarnação Nunes de Sousa

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Maria da Encarnação Nunes de Sousa was a Portuguese supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO). At the time of death, she was the oldest living person in Portugal.


Maria da Encarnação Nunes de Sousa was born in Pradinho, Guarda District, Portugal, on 20 March 1909.

Nunes de Sousa married at the age of 25 and had nine children: two of them died at an early age. At some point, the family moved to the Belgian Congo (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo). In 1969, she returned to Portugal.

At the age of 100, she moved into a nursing home in Vila Nova de Tazem in Guarda District. At the age of 113, she had 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Nunes de Sousa passed away on 20 July 2022 at the age of 113 years, 122 days, at the hospital of Oliveira do Hospital, Coimbra District, Portugal, where she had been hospitalized for a day.

(Partially sourced from Gerontology Wiki)

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On 15 June 2019, following the death of 110-year-old Romana de Sousa Marques, she became the oldest known living person from Portugal.

Her age was validated by the ESO on 17 April 2021.

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* Morreu Encarnação Sousa, a mulher mais velha de Portugal – Correio da Manhã, 22 July 2022