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Hermine Saubion
Hermine Saubion
Hermine Saubion in July 2021, at the age of 109.
Birth: 21 September 1911
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Age: 110 years, 125 days
Country: FranceFRA

Hermine Saubion (born 21 September 1911) is a French supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life and Family

Hermine Saubion was born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France on 21 September 1911. She grew up in Aubagne with her parents. She was the eldest child. Her sister, Emilienne Sejnera (née Saubion; born 23 April 1920), is still alive as of 2021 in Reillanne. Her brother, Gustave, died at age 50.

Saubion loved dancing with her sister Emilienne: they took the bus each saturday to go to bals-musette and balètis, and their mother would go and get them after work.

Saubion first worked as a seamstress with her mother, then as a waitress at Torrefaction Noailles (a café in Marseille). Between the two wars, Saubion met her only true love, Lucien, during a Sunday balèti, and lived with him.

World War II and Later Life

During World War II, Saubion made swap with her neighbours. One day, while walking with her sister on the Canebière, Saubion heard planes flying at low altitude and her sister had a dizzy spell. They took refuge in a shop. As Saubion's mother was widowed, and because the mother refused to be a burden for Saubion and her fiancé, she chose to move with her mother, separating from Lucien.

After the war, Saubion worked as a seller in the socks department of the shop "Pardame" in Marseille. In her 40s, she tried to search for Lucien, but never found him again. She stayed loyal to him all her life. In 1971, she retired. In 2015, Saubion followed her niece and her nephew by moving to Vacheres, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. In 2019, she moved to a nursing home in Banon.

Hermine Saubion currently lives in Banon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France at the age of 110 years, 125 days. She is currently the fourth-oldest known living person in Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur, after Lucile Randon, Andre Boite and Aline Blain, and the oldest known living person in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.