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Maria Mercedes Diaz Quijano
Maria Mercedes Diaz Quijano
Birth: 27 June 1898
San Javier, Maule Region, Chile
Death: 4 December 2012
Santiago, Chile
Age: 114 years, 160 days
Country: ChileCHL

Gloria Maria Mercedes Diaz-Quijano Olivares [Spanish: Díaz] (27 June 1898 – 4 December 2012) was a Chilean supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If verified, she would be the oldest Chilean person ever.


Diaz Quijano was born in San Javier, Maule Region, Chile, on 27 June 1898. Her parents were Francisco Diaz Quijano and Jovita Olivares. She attended a private school. Her family used to have many servants, including gardeners, cooks and butlers. Her older brother was among the first people from San Javier who got a car in 1915. At the age of 27, she married Oscar Gutierrez. Oscar died of sepsis after 40 days of marriage. Following her husband's death, Mercedes returned to the family's home in San Javier, but soon decided to move to Santiago. Mercedes remarried at the age of 37, but her second husband died of diabetes.

On 14 December 1971, she married Oreste Antonio Solar Rodriguez in Santiago, Chile. Although she was married three times, she never had children. Her third husband died at the age of 83.

Diaz Quijano died in Santiago, Chile, on 4 December 2012 at the age of 114 years, 160 days.