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Isabel Gomes Sarmento
Isabel Gomes Sarmento
Gomes Sarmento on her 111th birthday in 2021
Birth: 27 December 1910
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil
Age: 111 years, 224 days
Country: BrazilBRAPortugalPOR

Isabel Gomes Sarmento (born 27 December 1910) is a Brazilian-Portuguese supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early life

Isabel Gomes Sarmento was born on 27 December 1910 in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre state, Brazil. She was the daughter of Ayres Gomes Sarmento and Maria Candida Gomes. They lived in a big house in the Amazon Rainforest. They had gotten married in 1900 in the parish of Rua, Moimenta da Beira, Viseu district, Portugal. At some point, they emigrated to Brazil where Ayres worked as a carpenter. Their three oldest children, Manuel, Carlos, and Luis, were left behind in Portugal, living with an aunt. After moving there, Isabel and her brother Francisco were born. Ayres died of lung problems when she was seven years old. Around 1919/1920, Maria Candida returned to Portugal with her two youngest children to reunite with the rest of her family.

Gomes Sarmento attended school, enough to learn to read and write. She worked as a seamstress. She married Antonio Gomes Cardia, who worked a tailor and a bricklayer. The couple had five children: four daughters and one son.

Two of Gomes Sarmento's children died prematurely: Ayres, who was named after her father, died at age four, while Esther, aged 18, died of paralysis caused by a stroke. Her husband Antonio died at the age of 73. Her daughters Otilia and Gorete took her to Switzerland, but she didn't adapt and returned to Portugal.

Later life and longevity

In December 2020, Gomes Sarmento celebrated her 110th birthday. As of May 2022, she has three living daughters: Maria Candida (who lives in Brazil at age 90), Otilia, and Gorete. She currently resides with either of her surviving daughters. At the time of her 111th birthday, her hearing was said to be bad and she had recently broken her hip. However, she was still relatively lucid for someone her age. She occasionally drinks a glass of port wine, and enjoys watching television.

Gomes Sarmento currently lives in Vila da Rua, Moimenta da Beira, Viseu District, as well as Amarante, Porto District, Portugal, at the age of 111 years, 224 days. She is currently the oldest known living person from Portugal, following the death of 113-year-old Maria da Encarnacao Sousa on 20 July 2022.



Portugal's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria da Conceicao Silva • (Unknown) • Maria Alves de Jesus • (Unknown) • Antonio de Almeida • (Unknown) • Maria Pereira • (Unknown) • Custodia JacintoRosa Cadete • (Unknown) • Mariana Chiromo • (Unknown) • Elvira de Jesus Caldeira • Jose Ferreira Andrade • Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes • Maria de Jesus • Augusto Moreira de Oliveira • Antonio de Castro • Maria Luiza Nunes da Silva • Maria Felicia Bento • Maria do Carmo Fernandes • Maria Dolores Ferreira • Suzana Correa Conceicao Silva • Benvinda Marques Matias • Joaquina Martins • Romana Marques • Maria da Encarnacao SousaIsabel Gomes Sarmento