RIP – OLIVIA MARIA DA SILVA


EXPIRED: 07/08/10 – Olívia Maria Da Silva, 130, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1880 and moved to Itapetininga, São Paulo, Brazil at the age of 3. She moved around Brazil, working to plant beans, to harvest cotton and pick coffee, but she finally settled in Astorga, Paraná, where she became, arguably, the oldest living person on the planet. And until this week was eating rice beans and bananas every day.

She was married at the age of 12, but after she became pregnant her husband quickly abandoned her. Then at 28 she was married for a second time and had 9 more kids by natural childbirth. She had a heart so big she even adopted four more.

This family gave her a mix of approximately 400 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She lived with her 63-year-old son, Aparecido Silva, until the end.

At the time of her death she was still in decent physical condition, although not good enough to stay alive mind you, but she was talking and her memory was still sharp. The last few years she would still walk into the main square in the district of Hoists, in the city of Astorga, Brazil on a daily basis in order to prove she was alive so that she could not be denied her pension.

But time takes its toll, and with failing health, even someone over 125 years old has to slow down. Her son moved her sofa near the front door of the house, where she observed the movement of the street. She wanted to see what was going on, even if she couldn’t be a part of it.

In March 2005 she was first claimed to be ten years older than any verifiably documented living person. At the time, the Guinness World Records website considered then 114-year-old Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, born in 1890, as the world’s oldest person, and later retrospectively accepted the claims of María Capovilla, who was then aged 116.

da Silva was pissed.

But look at her, she has 130 years written all over her face. Unfortunately, she will never have 131.

Rest in peace, Olívia Maria!

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