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French nun Sister André, the oldest in the world, dies at 118

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As the oldest living person in the world, French nun Lucile Randon has survived two world wars – and several pandemics. She died at age 118.

Also known as Sister André – and as the oldest living nun and oldest survivor of Covid-19, according to Guinness World Records – she died on Tuesday, just weeks before her 119th birthday, spokesperson of the nursing home where she spent her last years. told the Associated Press.

“There is great sadness but…it was his desire to join his beloved brother,” spokesman David Tavella said, according to AFP news agency. “For her, it’s a release.”

Born on February 11, 1904, Sister André lived through both the 1918-19 flu and the coronavirus pandemics.

She told the French media in 2021 that her covid-19 symptoms were so mild she didn’t even know she had been infected.

Young girl, Sister André worked as a teacher and governess before becoming a Catholic nun in 1944, Guinness said following his death. She also spent nearly three decades working in a hospital with orphans and the elderly in France.

She lost her sight in her later years but i continued to enjoy chocolate and a glass of wine a day.

She was officially recognized as the oldest living person in April last year, following the death of 119-year-old Japanese Kane Tanaka.

“They say work kills, but it’s work that made me live,” she said after receiving the title, according to French media. “I worked until I was 108.”

His successor to the title of oldest person in the world has not been officially announced, but according to the Gerontology Research Group World Supercentenarian Ranking Listthe new record holder appears to be María Branyas Morera, a 115-year-old American-born Spaniard.

She is one of only two known living people to have celebrated their 115th birthday: the other, Fusa Tatsumi, lives in Osaka, Japan, and is 52 days her junior.

The record for the oldest person of all time is held by a Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calmentwho was 122 years and 164 days old when she died in 1997.

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