G. McConway
January 19, 2023

Oldest Living Person in the World Dies at 118

The world mourns today with the news of the passing of Sister Andre.

Sister Andre was a French nun who was the oldest living person in the world at 118 years old.

To give you an idea of the things this woman has seen, she was born the same year that Theodore Roosevelt was elected president.

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Sister Andre was born Lucile Randon on February 11, 1904.

During World War II, she served as a governess and teacher. After the war, she continued working with orphans and the elderly for three decades at a French hospital.

Randon became Sister Andre in 1944 when she took her oath as a Catholic nun.

She made it through the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, but COVID was a far different deal for Sister Andrew, obviously because of her age.

In 2021, she had tested positive for the virus, but never really showed any symptoms and easily made it through with no difficulties.

When she was asked if she feared COVID, she stated that she did not mind dying, clearly comfortable in her faith and the life she had already enjoyed.

She told a local French TV station, “No, I wasn’t scared because I wasn’t scared to die… I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else – join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother.”

When Kane Tanaka died in April 2022 at the age of 119, Sister Andre was crowned the oldest living person by the Guinness Book of World Records.

I always find it amusing when you hear the secret to longevity for these people that make it over 100. I remember reading a story about a veteran that was over 100 who smoked a cigar and had a whiskey every day.

In Sister Andre’s case, her secret was some chocolate and a glass of wine every day.

Sister Andre’s spokesperson David Tavella stated, “There is great sadness, but she wanted it to happen, it was her desire to join her beloved brother. For her, it is freedom.”

Source: New York Post

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