|Birth:||18 February 1913|
Konya, Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey)
|Death:||20 July 2021|
La Romieu, Occitanie, France
|Age:||108 years, 152 days|
Louisette Texier [Armenian: Արփինե Հովհաննիսեան] (née Arpiné Hovanessian; 18 February 1913 – 20 July 2021) was a Armenian-born French centenarian who was the oldest known person born in Armenia at time of her death. She was one of the last survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide.
Louisette Texier was born in Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) on 18 February 1913. In 1915, her father was hanged by the Turks during the Armenian Genocide. Her mother placed she and her sister Mariam in an orphanage in Istanbul. When she returned to reclaim her daughters, she found they’d been separated and evacuated. Louisette was sent to Marseille and she never saw her family again.
She was never adopted and later was sent to a boarding school in Paris. She escaped school at age 15, became a cabaret dancer and saved enough money to start her own business selling women’s clothing.
During the World War II, she worked with the Resistance, hiding Jewish families. Afterwards her business grew and she became one of the first women in France to own a car, later becoming a rally car driver, entering many competitions.
She got married, but later divorced. She had two children.
At age 105, she wore a walker to get around, but still enjoying go-kart racing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Louisette Texier died in La Romieu, Occitanie, France during the night of 20 July 2021 at the age of 108 years, 152 days. Her funeral was held at the Chapelle Saint-Geny de Lectoure.
- Louisette, une centenaire fascinante vit à La Romieu La Dépêche, 27 December 2015
- Louisette Texier Survived the Armenian Genocide to Become a Pioneering Rally Driver Jalopnik, 29 September 2018
- Louisette Texier : encore un virage bien négocié ! Le journal du Gers, 18 December 2018
- Louisette Texier (née Arpiné Hovanessian) who celebrated her 107th birthday last month Armenian Institute (Facebook), 30 April 2020
- La doyenne du village nous a quittés Le journal du Gers, 22 July 2021
- Night road – Louisette Texier: the pilot of a thousand lives has passed away Byri, 28 August 2021