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World Oldest People - Fifth Spot - Marie-Louise Fébronie Chassé Meilleur

Marie-Louise Fébronie Chassé Meilleur (August 29, 1880 – April 16, 1998) was a French Canadian who, after the death of Jeanne Calment, became the oldest recognized person in the world. Meilleur still is the oldest validated Canadian ever and comes in at number 5 on our all time list.


She was born in Kamouraska, Quebec and married her first husband, Etienne Leclerc, there in 1900. After he and both her parents died in 1911-1912, Meilleur left two of her four children behind in 1913 and moved to the Ontario border. Only once, back in 1939, did she return to the Kamouraska area.

The supercentenarian had amazingly enough six further children by her second husband, Hector Meilleur, whom she married in 1915. After his death in 1972, she lived first with a daughter and then in a nursing home in Corbeil, Ontario.

By the time Meilleur died of a blood clot in April 1998, one of her sons was also living in the same nursing home, and her oldest living daughter, Gabrielle Vaughan, was 90 years old! She was said to be a vegetarian, while Sarah Knauss, her successor as world's oldest recognized, had a weakness for junk food...

Some nine years after her death, amazingly Meilleur still remains one of five oldest verified persons ever recorded.

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