World's Oldest Woman Dies at 116 Years of Age
07-24-2018    China Daily
<P align=center><STRONG><BR>Maria Esther de Capovilla</STRONG></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Maria Esther de Capovilla, the oldest person in the world according to Guinness World Records, has died at 116 years of age.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Capovilla died last Sunday at 3 am local time (0800 GMT) in a hospital in the coastal city of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Guayaquil</st1:place></st1:City> two days after coming down with pneumonia, said her granddaughter Catherine Capovilla. Her funeral was planned for yesterday.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Born on September 14, 1889 the same year as Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler Capovilla was married in 1917 and widowed in 1949.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Robert Young, senior consultant for Gerontology for Guinness World Records, said Elizabeth Bolden, of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Memphis</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State></st1:place>, is the likely successor as the oldest person.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Capovilla was confirmed as the oldest living person on December 9, 2005, after her family sent details of her birth and marriage certificates to the British-based publisher. Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, of <st1:place w:st="on">Puerto Rico</st1:place>, retains the title as oldest man. He turned 115 last Monday.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three of Capovilla's five children Irma, Hilda, and son Anibal are still alive, along with 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, the last of whom was born in 2003, Catherine Capovilla said in an interview.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Capovilla was from a well-to-do Ecuadorean family that traced its lineage to Spanish nobility. "The family has a heraldic shield from the Spanish ancestry," said Young.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Her father was a colonel in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ecuador</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s army. In her youth, Capovilla liked to embroider, paint, play piano and dance the waltz at parties, the family said. She also visited a nearby plantation, where she would drink fresh milk from donkeys as well as cows.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>She always ate three meals a day and never smoked or drank hard liquor "Only a small cup of wine with lunch and nothing more," said Irma last December.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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