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Antonia da Santa Cruz
Antonia da Santa Cruz
Antonia da Santa Cruz on her 116th birthday in 2021
Birth: 13 June 1905
Bahia, Brazil
Age: 116 years, 225 days
Country: BrazilBRA

Antonia da Santa Cruz (born 13 June 1905) is a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) since 4 February 2021. She is currently the oldest living validated person in Brazil, as well as the second-oldest validated Brazilian person ever, behind Francisca Celsa dos Santos. She is currently the third-oldest validated living person in the world, behind Lucile Randon and Kane Tanaka.

Following the death of Jeanne Bot on 22 May 2021, Cruz became the last known surviving, validated person born in 1905. She is also the oldest validated person born in 1905.


Antonia da Santa Cruz was born on a farm that then belonged to Queimadas, near Santaluz, Bahia, Brazil, on 13 June 1905. Her parents were Francisco Pereira de Santa’Anna and Anna Maria de Jesus. She was born on the feast day of Saint Anthony, which is why her parents named her Antonia. She had 11 children. She also adopted her nephew, Jose Luiz Medrado (aged 64 in December 2019).

In 2017, she had 68 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great-grandchildren. In December 2019, she had a 104-year-old sister living in Rio de Janeiro.

On 18 February 2021, at the age of 115, she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She was the oldest (known) person to receive the vaccine until Kane Tanaka, the oldest living validated person in the world, received it in September 2021.

Antonia da Santa Cruz currently lives with her 81-year-old daughter, Maria Medrado in Salgadalia, Conceicao do Coite, Bahia, Brazil, at the age of 116 years, 225 days.

She became the oldest validated living person in Brazil, as well as the third-oldest living validated person in the world, after the death of Francisca Celsa dos Santos on 5 October 2021.



Brazil's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Gomes Valentim • Unknown • Alida Grubba Rudge • Luzia MohrsFrancisca Celsa dos Santos • Antonia da Santa Cruz