Oldest Living Women in the World

10 Oldest Living Women in the World (Updated 2020)

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Based on the averages from countries around the world, women generally have a longer life expectancy than men. Due to this, the oldest living women in the world are also the oldest living people in the world. Additionally, all of the women on this list are supercentenarians, which means that they are over 110 years old.

As of June 2020, this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.

10. Noeme da Silveira Freitas (September 7, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 114 years, 281 days
Country of Origin:  Brazil
Previous Occupation(s):  Seamstress

Noeme da Silveira Freitasphoto source: romanews.com.br

Noeme da Silveira Freitas is reportedly the oldest living person in Brazil at the age of 114. Silveira Freitas has not yet had her age verified by Gerontology Research Group, but her family says that she was born in Fortaleza on September 7, 1905.

Silveira Freitas still lives in Fortaleza today with her daughter. Although Silveira Freitas is 114 years old, she has very little health problems. According to her daughter, Silveira Freitas only has a slight problem with her thyroid gland, but is otherwise healthy.

Did You Know?

Noeme da Silveira Freitas says that the secret to her longevity and health is eating lots of fresh fruits and light soups.


9. Iris Westman (August 28, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 114 years, 291 days
Country of Origin:  USA
Previous Occupation(s):  Farmer; Librarian; and School Teacher

Iris Westmanphoto source: gerontology.wikia.org

Just a week younger than Hester Ford, Iris Westman is the second oldest living woman in the U.S. Westman will be turning 115 at the end of the summer and from various reports appears to still be going strong.

Westman grew up on her family’s farm, but was educated and graduated from the University of North Dakota. After school, Westman became a librarian and eventually a teacher. Westman never married or had children, but had several nieces and nephews.

Did You Know?

Iris Westman still owns her family farm in North Dakota.


8. Hester Ford (August 15, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 114 years, 304 days
Country of Origin:  USA
Previous Occupation(s):  Field Farmer and Nanny

Hester Fordphoto source: qcitymetro.com

After Alelia Murphy passed away in November 2019, Hester Ford became the oldest living women in the United States. There are conflicting reports over Ford’s date, which was previously verified as 1905. However, recently her family says they found new documents pushing Ford’s birth year back to 1904. These documents have not yet been verified.

Ford was born in South Carolina, but moved to North Carolina in 1953. She has remained in Charlotte since then and still lives in her own home, helped by caretakers and her family.

Did You Know?

Despite being over 114 years old, Hester Ford has an incredibly sharp mind and can still recite Bible verses from memory


7. Katerina Karnarou (July 25, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 114 years, 325 days
Country of Origin:  Greece
Previous Occupation(s):  Field Farmer

Katerina Karnarouphoto source: gerontology.wikia.org

In a month and a half, Katerina Karnarou will celebrate her 115th birthday. Currently Karnarou is the oldest living person in Greece and she has official records showing that she was born in the Peloponnesian Peninsula on July 25, 1905.

Karnarou is still fairly sharp (although she is starting to forget some things) and says that her life has spanned the entirety of Greece’s modern history. Reflecting on the country’s past, Karnarou said that she has gone through many hardships, but has always been surrounded by good people.

Did You Know?

Katerina Karnarou was still lucid enough in 2019 to vote in Greece’s legislative election.


6. Antônia Santa Cruz (June 13, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 115 years, 1 day
Country of Origin:  Brazil
Previous Occupation(s):  Homemaker

Antônia Santa Cruzphoto source: calilanoticias.com

Antônia Santa Cruz just celebrated her 115th birthday and is now the sixth oldest living woman in the world following the death of several women who used to be on this list. Santa Cruz hails from Brazil and is believed to be the oldest verified living person in the country.

Surprisingly, Santa Cruz isn’t on any medications and according to her daughter, Maria Medrado, Santa Cruz never complains of any illnesses. However, Santa Cruz does need some help getting around and eating. Santa Cruz had 11 children and adopted several more. Currently she has 68 grandchildren and 110 great-grandchildren.

Did You Know?

Antônia Santa Cruz was born on June 13th, the day of Santo Antônio, which inspired her parents to name her after the Saint.


5. Shigeyo Nakashi (February 1, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 115 years, 134 days
Country of Origin:  Japan
Previous Occupation(s):  School Teacher

Shigeyo Nakashiphoto source: gerontology.wikia.com

There isn’t much public information out there about Shigeyo Nakashi, but she is known for being another one of Japan’s supercentenarians. Nakashi very recently turned 114 years old and is the third oldest living person in Japan and the oldest living person in Saga prefecture.

Did You Know?

Shigeyo Nakashi worked as a school teacher and retired when she was 62 years old.


4. Jeanne Bot (January 14, 1905 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 115 years, 152 days
Country of Origin:  France
Previous Occupation(s):  Bookkeeper

Jeanne Botphoto source: gerontology.wikia.com

Jeanne Bot is the second oldest living person in France and recently celebrated her 114th birthday. Bot was born on January 14, 1905 in the military barracks of Mont-Louis where her father, Louis, was a non-commissioned officer.

Bot spent 50 years as a bookkeeper in a car garage and never got married or had any kids. Currently, Bot still lives independently in her own apartment and is helped by housekeepers. Bot’s nephew, who is 71, also visits her every few days.

Did You Know?

Jeanne Bot is still quite physically fit, she can move with the assistance of a walker and besides some difficulty hearing, Bot has no major health problems.


3. Maria Kononovich (May 27, 1904 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 116 years, 18 days
Country of Origin:  Belarus
Previous Occupation(s):  Field Famer

photo source: www.sb.by

Maria Kononovich is one of the few supercentenarians in the world that has not yet had her age verified by the Gerontology Research Group. However, according to news reports, Kononovich’s passport lists her date of birth as May 27, 1904, which means she should be included on this list.

Kononovich is the oldest person living in Belarus and Eastern Europe. Despite her advanced age, according to several accounts, Kononovich is still active and able to do small tasks around her house. A social worker checks up on Kononovich twice a week and journalists often drop by to cover her story.

Did You Know?

Maria Kononovich still enjoys gardening and until a few years ago, she even kept bees and extracted their honey by simply placing some comb on a cheesecloth and squeezing the honey out.


2. Lucile Randon (February 11, 1904 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 116 years, 124 days
Country of Origin:  France
Previous Occupation(s):  Governess/Teacher; Nurse; and Nun

Lucile Randonphoto source: gerontology.wikia.com

 

Lucile Randon is now the second oldest validated living person in the world and the oldest living person in France. Randon celebrated her 116th birthday a few months ago and according to a French news report from 2017, Randon is still an active nun.

Today, Randon is known as Sister André and currently serves as the Vice-Dean of the Varois. Randon says that she chose her name, Sister André, in honor of her older brother who took care of her. Although Randon is now blind and in a wheelchair, her memory is still exceptionally sharp. Randon survived both World Wars and recalls how tough times were doing those years.

Did You Know?

Before becoming a nun in 1944, Lucile Randon was a governess and teacher and worked for various households during World War I.


1. Kane Tanaka (January 2, 1903 – Present)

Current Age (as of June 2020): 117 years, 164 days
Country of Origin:  Japan
Previous Occupation(s):  Owner/worker in her family’s store

Kane Tanakaphoto source: gerontology.wikia.com

 

Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest living woman in the world at the incredible age of 117 and one of several Japanese supercentenarians. She was born in 1903 and currently lives in a nursing home in the Fukuoka prefecture. Tanaka became the world’s oldest living person following the death of Chiyo Miyako on July 22, 2018.

In 2016, Tanaka’s great nephew Gary Okada Funakoshi and his wife Linda visited her in Japan to celebrate her 113th birthday. Funakoshi says that his aunt likes to write poetry and still remembers her trip to the U.S. in the 1970s to visit her relatives in California (the Funakoshis are from California) and Colorado. He also said that she attributes her long life to her faith in God.


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