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Maria Pereira Neves
Maria Pereira Neves
Birth: 14 May 1911
Jardim, Ceara, Brazil
Age: 110 years, 254 days
Country: BrazilBRA

Maria Pereira Neves (born 14 May 1911), known as "Dona Lia" is a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Pereira Neves was born in Jardim, Ceara, Brazil on 14 May 1911. Her parents were Antonio Juvenal Pereira da Silva and Maria Anunciada Pereira Neves. She had six siblings. She is the maternal granddaughter of Arconcio Pereira da Silva, a great figure of the Pereira do Pajeu family and Januaria Pereira.

She married Joao da Cruz on 22 March 1935. The couple had 10 children: Alaide, Antonio, Sinha, Adailton, Alice, Emanoel (who died with a few days to live), Jose Ailton, Adalgisa, Fatima (who died at age 23 after heart surgery) and Socorro. She got widowed in 1984, after 49 years of marriage.

Her elder sister Generosa Pereira Neves (25 October 1909 – 23 October 2014) die at almost age 105. She also has a living 101 year old cousin born on 20 May 1919.

On 27 January 2021 at age 109, she received her first dose of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, making her one of the oldest people to be vaccinated.

In May 2021, she celebrated her 110th birthday. She says she wants to live to be 140.

Pereira Neves currently lives in Salgueiro, Pernambuco, Brazil at the age of 110 years, 254 days.