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Antonia Pereira Braga
Antonia Pereira Braga
Birth: 2 May 1900
Brazil
Death: 16 July 2012
Brazil
Age: 112 years, 75 days
Country: BrazilBRA
Unvalidated

Antonia Pereira Braga (2 May 1900 – 16 July 2012) was a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Antonia Pereira Braga was born in the quilombo of Mesquita, located in the city of Cidade Ocidental (GO), the Lei Áurea, Brazil on 2 May 1900. Her parents were slaves and they helped build Luziânia (GO), a nearby city, and a church there, Rosário. She was married, but had no children. Her husband died more than 40 years ago. In recent times, he received the care of a niece, Vicentina.

She had a big dream: to personally meet her biggest idol, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, "the best president the poor have ever had", as she liked to say. She was the oldest resident of Quilombo Mesquita, was 112 years old and was full of joy. Dona Antonia was the deepest mark of the quilombo and lived alone in her house far from the city. To be inside Dona Antonia's house was to relive the past. Every detail told a little of the story. The wood-burning stove, the clay pots, the soot-blackened walls that made the most delicious coffee make any doubt about the authenticity of the quilombo. She was very Catholic and attended the church of Nossa Senhora da Abadia.

That house was home to a story that was enriched by immense sympathy and the laughter of Dona Antonia and her niece Vicentina Pereira Braga, 63 who leaves her home to take care of her aunt.

Antonia Pereira Braga died due to respiratory failure in Quilombo, Brazil on 16 July 2012 at the age of 112 years, 75 days.

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