16 July 1913Aube, Grand Est, France


5 January 2024Sancerre, Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France



Reine Salmon

Reine Salmon was a French supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the department of Cher at the time of her death. Her age has not been validated by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Salmon was born in Aube, Grand Est, France, on 16 July 1913 as the youngest of four daughters. The family lived in a trailer, and her father worked as a sawyer until he was drafted to serve at the start of World War I. He died when Salmon was 13 months old.

After her father’s death, Salmon and her family moved to Sury-en-Vaux, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, where they were very poor. Her eldest sister later married, the second became a teacher, and the third went to a school for sewing. Salmon stayed at home to look after her mother, eventually being employed as a housekeeper in Paris. In 1940, Salmon mothered a son with a man named Raymond, who was a market gardener.

At the age of 104, Salmon moved into a retirement facility in Sancerre, a short distance from where she grew up. As a centenarian, she enjoyed playing cards, singing, dancing, and getting her hair done.

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Salmon was reported by Le Berry Républicain at the ages of 100 and 107. She was confirmed on Facebook to have attained supercentenarian status.

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