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Carmen Emilia Jaramillo
Carmen Jaramillo Chavarria
Jaramillo on her 113th birthday
Birth: 17 May 1906
Ituango, Antioquia, Colombia
Death: 15 July 2020
Itagui, Antioquia, Colombia
Age: 114 years, 59 days
Country: ColombiaCOL

Carmen Emilia ''Carmelita'' Jaramillo Chavarria (17 May 1906 – 15 July 2020) was a Colombian supercentenarian whose age is validated. She is the oldest validated person ever from Colombia.


Jaramillo was born in Ituango, Antioquia, Colombia, on 17 May 1906. Her mother, Mercedes Chavarria Rojo, died at the age of 70 and her father, Antonio Jaramillo Cossio, at 53. Her younger sister died at the age of 93, and one of the brothers at 82. She never married, but had five children. Two of her children died at a young age. Her eldest daughter, Morelia, died at the age of 41. For most of her life, she worked as a coffee collector, or prepared meals for farm workers. She didn't have her own house, so she used to sleep at the farms who gave her the jobs. Sometimes, she had to walk for hours to go into another farm. Sometimes, she would still be on her way to another farm when the night came, so she had to stay the night on the road with her children. Her eldest son had built a house for her later. In the late 1960s, Jaramillo moved to Medellin, Antioquia, with her youngest daughter, Alicia – when she turned 17. All her life she lived with or near her two daughters, while her son moved into another city to live independently.

In May 2013, a large party was held on her 107th birthday. On 20 June 2018, she surpassed the age of Ana Sara Marquez de Ramirez (1904–2016), becoming the oldest validated person who ever lived in Colombia. After the death of Alicia Castillo in September 2018, she became the oldest known living person in Colombia. According to her daughter, Maria Alicia Jaramillo who was 69 years-old as of May 2019, she lost the contact with two of her children, one of whom was 81 years old at that time. The second one was her son who lived in Uraba Antioquia. She lived with her youngest daughter, Alicia. Her age was verified by Stefan Maglov, Fabrizio Villatoro and Santiago Garcia, and validated by the GRG on 29 April 2021.

Jaramillo died in Itagui, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on the morning of 15 July 2020, at the age of 114 years, 59 days.