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Fernande de Raeve
Fernande Everaert-De Raeve
Fernande Everaert-De Raeve
Birth: 3 December 1906
Ledeberg, Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium
Death: 6 December 2017
Sint-Amandsberg, Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium
Age: 111 years, 3 days
Country: BelgiumBEL

Fernande Everaert-De Raeve (3 December 1906 – 6 December 2017) was a Belgian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group. Since the death of 112-year old Alicia Corveleyn on 31 January 2017 until her own death 10 months later, De Raeve was the oldest living person in Belgium. De Raeve was also the last person born in 1906 in Belgium.


Fernande De Raeve was born on 3 December 1906 in Ledeberg, Ghent, East Flanders. Fernande was eight when the First World War began. Her father was thirty-eight when he died. Her mother had to work hard to survive, and Fernande had to work as a maid. As an orphan of war, she went to a boarding school, where she learned to speak French.

In 1930, she married Emilius Everaert in Destelbergen. The couple had two children. Emilius died in 1995 at Saint Amand Hospital. In 2000, she moved with her daughter to Dordogne, France. In 2002, Fernande was almost blind, and moved to Heiveld, Gelderland. Fernande has two children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

In a 2016 article about her 110th birthday, it was mentioned that De Raeve has became blind since a couple of years and she was almost fully deaf. This made wachting television or reading a book impossible for her and she even never saw all five of her great-great-grandchildren. Although her days were taking a long time to end, she still enjoyed drinking wine and eating chocolate.

De Raeve died on 6 December 2017 in Sint-Amandsberg, East Flanders, Belgium at the age of 111 years, 3 days after a brief illness. Following her death, 110-year-old Madeleine Dulier became the oldest living person in Belgium.


Belgium's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Charlotte Cardinal • Marie RollandAnna VersluysSophie Lacompte • Maria Vleminckx • Marie Gomain • Norbertine Fourdin • Marie Vandermoesen • Isabelle Tack • Maria Vandewinckel • Maria Gorsen • Marie Delfairiere • Ignace Demol • Herlindis Goeminne • Theresia Van Den Broucke • Maximilienne Pierquain • Sidonie Hayez • Caroline Fievet • Francisca Cloet • Marie-Louise Van Hoorebeeck • Hendrik Bulterijs • Barbara SimoensTheresia De Petter • Adele Vandenbosch • Marie Salmon • Constant De Lichte • Helene Lebon • Marie PurnodeEugenie TecqmenneCatherine Baert • Marie Lambotte • Fanny Thonus • Marie-Louise Vandenbroucke • Denise Durel • Maria Devos • Marguerite Dewal • Sophie Leys • Maria Wintgens • Eugenie Boulanger • Emiel Carbon • Kamiel Steyaert • Flore Carpentier • Maria Serneels • Frans Meeus • Mathilde Hellemans • Edmond Van Cauteren • Arthuria Dascotte • Pieter HinnisdaelsClement De Vos • Rosalie Beetens • Marie Lambert • Leonia Bruyndonckx • Mathilde Pirlet • Octavie LipsL. V.Maria Van Sprengel • Ermenie Acoe • Elisabeth Demanet • Jules-Leo Neijrinck • Maria Irma Casteur • Catharina Ververs • Marie De Ruyver • Joanna Deroover • Anne-Marie Vandermersch • Louis Marion • Victoire Ricaille • Maria Verkeyn • Maria Annaert • Irma Van de Voorde • Marcelle Droogmans • Romanie Pollet • Bernardina Van Dommelen • Gabrielle Demets • Adrienne LedentGermaine Degueldre • Fanny Godin • Anna De Guchtenaere • Alicia Corveleyn • Fernande De Raeve • Madeleine DullierElisabeth De ProostMarietta BouverneJulia Van HoolMarcelle Levaz