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Carmen da Silva Xavier
Carmen da Silva Xavier
Birth: 15 January 1890
Leopoldina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Death: 11 February 2001
Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil
Age: 111 years, 27 days
Country: BrazilBRA

Carmen da Silva Xavier (15 January 1890 – 11 February 2001) was a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Carmen da Silva Xavier was born in Leopoldina, Minas Gerais, Brazil on 15 January 1890, more precisely in the district of Tebas, located twelve kilometers from the city headquarters, on the road that connects Leopoldina to Juiz de Fora. She was daughter of Antonio and Albina da Silva Xavier. Carmen was a fourth cousin of the martyr of the Inconfidencia Mineira and civic patron of Brazil, Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, the Tiradentes, and arguably the last “Silva Xavier” to retain the Glorious last name.

As a organist and poet, she had a degree in psychology, taught piano and elementary school. Having left the village of Thebes in 1913, she moved to Leopoldina where he taught for 45 years the piano and all subjects scheduled for admission to the gym. She published verses in Leopoldina magazines and newspapers and edited on his own. A book called “Sparse Flowers”, which, on page 2, is the poem “Death”, with the following block, transcribed by the Gazette de Leopoldina, 17 February 2001: “Death! Gloomy, dark specter That always watches our steps And snatches them with a cold gesture Carrying everyone in your arms ”.

Carmen was one of the founders of the Methodist Church in Leopoldina, erected on the grounds of her own home at 88 Manoel Lobato Street, Bairro da Grama. Single, had no children. He lived the last thirty years of his long existence with the family of Jaime Venancio Guida, at Rua Joao Gualberto, 29.

She died in Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil on 11 February 2001 at the age of 111 years, 27 days. As stated by the Gazette of Leopoldina, in a note at the time of his death, she was "one of the most beloved figures in Leopoldina's history."