13 August 1907Suaita, Santander,, Colombia


30 July 2022Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia



Sofía Rojas de Díaz

Sofía Rojas de Díaz was a Colombian supercentenarian whose age has been validated by both the Latin American Supercentenarians (LAS) and the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is the oldest validated person ever from Colombia and was the oldest known living person in Latin America at the time of her death.

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Sofia Rojas was born on a small farm in Suaita, Santander, Colombia, on 13 August 1907, to mother Carmen Rojas.

At some point, she got married and had four children. She worked as a Guarapo seller.

In 1957, she moved to Bucaramanga, Santander. Rojas was Catholic and very religious; she was particularly devoted to the Virgin of Candelaria. Her family and neighbors called her ”La Paloma” (Spanish for ”the dove”).

At the age of 114, she used a wheelchair to go out, but she could still walk slowly inside her house if helped by two people. At the time, her youngest sister, Brigida, was still alive at the age of 97, She also had three living children, 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Rojas died in Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia on 30 July 2022, at the age of 114 years, 351 days, just two weeks short of her 115th birthday.

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On 12 October 2021, at the age of 114 years, 60 days, she surpassed the age of Carmen Emilia Jaramillo (1906–2020), becoming the oldest validated person ever from Colombia.

Her age was verified by Santiago Garcia and Stefan Maglov, and validated by the LAS on 3 February 2022, and by the GRG on 14 February.