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Maria da Encarnacao Sousa
Maria da Encarnacao Sousa
Maria da Encarnacao on her 113th birthday in 2022
Birth: 20 March 1909
Tourais, Guarda District, Portugal
Age: 113 years, 98 days
Country: PortugalPOR

Maria da Encarnacao Nunes de Sousa [Portuguese: Encarnação] (born 20 March 1909) is a Portuguese supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is currently the oldest known living person in Portugal.


Maria da Encarnacao Nunes de Sousa was born in Tourais, Seia, Guarda, Portugal on 20 March 1909 to Jose Simoes Nunes and Carlota de Oliveira. She is the last portuguese to have been born during the monarchy. She married at the age of 25 and had nine children, two of them died at an early age and the remaining seven are alive as of January 2021. Later, she moved to the Belgian Congo (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo). She returned to Portugal in 1960s.

She became the oldest known living person from Portugal, following the death of 110-year-old Romana Marques on 15 June 2019.

As of January 2021, she had 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

On 12 January 2021 at the age of 111, she received her first dose of the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine, making her one of oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Maria da Encarnacao celebrated her 113th birthday on 20 March 2022. She currently lives in Vila Nova De Tazem, Guarda, Portugal.



Portugal's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria da Conceicao Silva • (Unknown) • Maria Alves de Jesus • (Unknown) • Antonio de Almeida • (Unknown) • Maria Pereira • (Unknown) • Custodia JacintoRosa Cadete • (Unknown) • Mariana Chiromo • (Unknown) • Elvira de Jesus Caldeira • Jose Ferreira Andrade • Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes • Maria de Jesus • Augusto Moreira de Oliveira • Antonio de Castro • Maria Luiza Nunes da Silva • Maria Felicia Bento • Maria do Carmo Fernandes • Maria Dolores Ferreira • Suzana Correa Conceicao Silva • Benvinda Marques Matias • Joaquina Martins • Romana Marques • Maria da Encarnacao Sousa