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Anne de Sousberghe
Anne de Sousberghe
Anne de Sousberghe on her 110th birthday
Birth: 7 November 1904
Brussels, Belgium
Death: 12 February 2016
London, England, UK
Age: 111 years, 97 days
Country: BelgiumBELUnited Kingdom UK

Marie Anne Ghislaine Josephine de Clerque-Wissocq de Sousberghe (known as Sister Anne; 7 November 1904 – 12 February 2016) was a Belgian-born British supercentenarian. She was the fourth-oldest living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death[1] and was also the oldest living Belgian-born person.


Born in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 November 1904. Anne had an older brother, Leon (1903–2006), who lived to the age of 102 years, 156 days.[2]

Sister Anne never married, however she recalled that before she became a nun, she had a boyfriend who she thought she would marry. However, she said that "I had to do what I felt God was calling me to do."[2]

She celebrated her 110th birthday in November 2014, and was visited by relatives from Belgium. On her 111th birthday, she was given a rosary, as a gift from Pope Francis. Her birthday wish was "for every person to know happiness."[3]

She died on 12 February 2016 at the age of 111 years, 97 days.[4]


  1. Living people aged 107+ Oldest in Britain
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sister Anne is 'second to nun' The Portsmouth News. 10 November 2004.
  3. Sr. Anne's 111th birthday! Society of Helpers
  4. BRITAIN’S OLDEST NUN DIES AGED 111 The Tablet. 12 February 2016