|Leandra Becerra Lumbreras|
|Birth:||13 March 1904|
Francisco, Bustamante, Tamaulipas, Mexico
|Death:||19 March 2015|
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
|Age:||111 years, 6 days|
Lumbreras was born on 13 March 1904, although she claimed to have been born on 31 August 1887. Her parents were singers, As The Daily Telegraph writes, this would have meant that "She was 27 when World War One erupted, 75 when John F. Kennedy was shot and over 100 when the Berlin Wall came down."
From 1910 to 1917, Lumbreras fought as a leader of the Adelitas in the Mexican Revolution. The Adelitas were a group of women who joined with their husbands in battle. During the revolution, she was romantically involved with Margarito Maldonado, a revolutionary leader. Maldonado gave Lumbreras an old rifle that she still owned in 2014. Lumbreras recounted that Maldonado was "one of the great loves of her life."
It has been reported that Lumbreras outlived her five children and several of her 20 grandchildren, but, as last reported, she still had 73 great-grandchildren, and 55 great-great-grandchildren.
Lumbreras claimed to have lost her birth certificate in a move in 1974, meaning she could not conclusively prove her age. Since she did not have her birth certificate, the Guinness World Records could not verify Lumbreras claim and instead recognized Misao Okawa (1898–2015) as the world's oldest living person, and Jeanne Calment (1875–1997) as the longest-lived person in history.
She died in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico on 19 March 2015 at the age of 111 years, 6 days. After her death, some media outlets reported that the Mexican government had confirmed that she was 127 at the time of her death, but no officials have so far confirmed this.
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- Mexican woman to become oldest ever person at 127 – and says CHOCOLATE is her secret to long life Metro.co.uk, 30 August 2014
- Mexico'sLeandra Becerra Lumbreras becomes oldest person who ever lived at 127 Georgia Newsday, 31 August 2014
- 127-year-old said to be ‘the oldest person to ever live’ New York Post, 31 August 2014
- 19th Century Mexican Revolution 'Fighter' Leandra Becerra Lumbreras Becomes Oldest Person In World IBTimes UK, 1 September 2014
- Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127 The Independent, 1 September 2014
- Mexican Woman Leandra Becerra Lumbreras Becomes World’s Oldest Person HuffPost, 1 September 2014
- World's Oldest Living Person: Mexican Woman Leandra Becerra Lumbreras Turns 127 Latin Post, 2 September 2014
- Mexican Woman Claims To Be 127 Years Old, The Oldest Ever On Earth Fox News Latino, 2 September 2014 (dead link)
- Fallece mujer de 127 años de edad en Zapopan, Jalisco El Diario de Yucatán, 19 March 2015
- Fallece mujer más longeva de México, a los 127 años Noventa Grados, 20 March 2015
- Mexican woman who lived through revolution dies at 127: government Reuters, 21 March 2015 (dead link)
- Tidenes eldste (127) er død Dagbladet, 21 March 2015