The Guinness Book officially recognized the French nun as the oldest living person in April 2022.
The world’s oldest known person died this Tuesday at the age of 118. It is about the French nun Lucille Rondon, also known as Sister Andre.
Asylum officials in the southeastern French city of Toulon, where he lived, announced his death. According to the officials of the center, he died in his sleep.
“There is great sadness but…it is his wish to join his beloved brother. It’s a release for her,” a spokesperson for the asylum told AFP.
Born in the south of France on February 11, 1904, he has for years held the Guinness World Record for the world’s second-longest living person, second only to Japanese Ken Tanaka, who died last year at the age of 119.
He later became the oldest person on record.
The Guinness Book officially recognized it in April 2022.
In 2021, she survived the Covid-19 pandemic after 81 residents of her nursing home were infected.
Randon was born the year New York opened its first subway, a decade before the start of World War I.
She grew up in a Protestant family as the only girl among three siblings in the southern city of Ales.
One of his fondest memories was the return of his two brothers at the end of World War I, he told AFP in an interview on his 116th birthday.
“It was rare in families, usually two died instead of two alive. Both came back,” he said.
She worked as a governess for the children of wealthy families in Paris, a period she once called “the happiest time of her life”.
The girl converted to Catholicism and was baptized at the age of 26.
Driven by a desire to “go further,” the nun joined the Daughters of Charity at the relatively young age of 41.
Sister Andre was later admitted to a hospital in Vichy, where she worked for 31 years.
He then moved to Toulon on the Mediterranean coast. Her days at the nursing home were marked by prayer, meals and visits from residents and hospitality staff.
He received a steady stream of letters and answered almost all of them.
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