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Josefa Santos Gonzalez
Josefa Santos Gonzalez
Santos Gonzalez on her 110th birthday in 2016.
Birth: 7 September 1906
Burguillos Dec Cerro, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Death: 22 December 2019
Madrid, Spain
Age: 113 years, 106 days
Country: SpainESP

Josefa Santos Gonzalez [Spanish: González] (7 September 1906 – 22 December 2019) was a Spanish supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the oldest validated living person in Spain, as well as the last remaining person in Spain born in 1906.


Josefa Santos Gonzalez was born in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain on 7 September 1906. In 1932, she married a man named Ramon and had five children with him: Rafaela, Luisa, Jose, Isabel, and Luis. All five of Josefa’s children later had to emigrate to find work, which saddened her. Despite this, she took it well, and knew it was for the best.

In her later years, Josefa moved to Madrid in order to be closer to her family. When she was 102, she broke her hip, and broke her femur aged 109. The successful recovery from these incidents amazed her doctors. At the time of her 110th birthday in 2016, along with her five children, she had 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She celebrated her 111th birthday in 2017 in her care home with relatives from as far afield as Germany. She became the oldest living person in Spain after the death of 113-year-old Francisco Nunez Olivera on 29 January 2018. Her age was validated by the GRG on 31 August 2019.

Santos Gonzalez died in Madrid, Spain, on 22 December 2019, at the age of 113 years, 106 days.



Spain's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Josefa Salas Mateo • Policarpa Perez Exposito • Josefa Llovet Llovet • Ramona Agudin-Fernandez • Antonia Diaz Garcia • Soledad Munoz • Salustiano Alvarez • Isabel Guijarro • Telesfora de la Torre-Mendizabal • Paulina Garcia-Lozano • Maria Villar TrespalaciosAurelio Diaz • A. L. M. • Galo Leoz-Ortin • Maria Antonia Castro • Maria del Carmen Lopez • Gregorio Merino • Gabriela Izquierdo • F. M. M. • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • Maria Esperanza Onieva • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Jorja Hernando • Victoriana Vazquez Barrero • Lucia Madaria-Vesga • Manuela Fernandez-Fojaco • Teresa Dosaigues Abella • Andresa Guerrero-Ortiz • Felipa Gutierrez • Rosa Martinez • Francisco Fernandez • Francisca Garcia-Torres • Ana Vela-Rubio • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Josefa Santos Gonzalez • Maria Branyas Morera