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Jeanne Bournat
Jeanne Bournat
Jeanne Bournat on her 110th birthday
Birth: 22 January 1903
Crevant-Laveine, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Death: 20 December 2014
Maringues, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Age: 111 years, 332 days
Country: FranceFRA

Jeanne Maria Bournat (née Chalard; 22 January 1903 – 20 December 2014) was a French supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the fourth-oldest known person in France at the time of her death, behind Marie Liguinen, Olympe Amaury, and Eudoxie Baboul.


Jeanne Bournat was born Jeanne Maria Chalard on 22 January 1903 at 11 p.m. in Crevant-Laveine in the department of Puy-de-Dome. Her father fought in World War 1. Her dream as a young girl was to marry a farmer, which she did. She married Adolphe Bournat in 1925 and had two sons with him: Jean-Baptiste and Pierre, who died in 1978 and 1979 respectively.

Bournat did her own gardening until she was 104 years old, when she moved in with her granddaughter Agnes. Two years later, aged 106, she moved into a nursing home. At the age of 110, she could recite the poetry of Victor Hugo without fault. In 2013, along with her two deceased sons and her granddaughter, she had two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She claimed her secret to a long life was never smoking or drinking.

Bournat passed away on 20 December 2014 at 8 a.m. in Maringues, Puy-de-Dome, France at the age of 111 years, 332 days. She was the oldest person in Puy-de-Dome, and the entire region of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, at the time of her death.