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Maria da Encarnacao
Maria da Encarnacao Sousa
Maria da Encarnacao on her 110th birthday
Birth: 20 March 1909
Tourais, Guarda District, Portugal
Age: 112 years, 310 days
Country: PortugalPOR

Maria da Encarnacao Sousa [Portuguese: Encarnação] (born 20 March 1909) is a Portuguese supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She currently is 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.

Maria da Encarnacao celebrated her 110th birthday in May 2019. She currently lives in Vila Nova De Tazem, Guarda, Portugal.

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

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



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 • Cecilia Ribeiro • Romana Marques • Maria da Encarnacao Sousa