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Marietta Bouverne
Marietta Bouverne
Marietta Bouverne at age 108.
Birth: 25 December 1908
Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium
Death: 3 August 2020
Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium
Age: 111 years, 222 days
Country: BelgiumBEL

Marietta Bouverne (25 December 1908 – 3 August 2020) was a Belgian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Marietta Bouverne was born as the daughter of the working class family of Arthur Bouverne and his wife Maria Bracke, in the Ghent Dampoort district, on 25 December 1908. Bouverne attended the Emile Brauninstituut where the lessons were still entirely given in French at that time. She followed a training as a secretary, a position she held for many years. Bouverne married Albertus Dekens in Anderlecht in 1932. Later on, the couple returned to Ghent where Albert died in 1960. They had no children.

Bouverne lived in an apartment near the Blaarmeersen until she moved into Huize Arion in Zwijnaarde in 2004, aged 95. When the care home was closed in April 2017, she had to temporarily change her residence until the new nursing home Zilversterre was opened in December of that year. Bouverne remained active until old age. She was mainly interested in cultural topics. After her 100th birthday she started modeling. In addition, she also liked pets; especially cats.

On 25 December 2018, she turned 110 years of age, being the third-oldest living person in Belgium at the time. Bouverne became the oldest living person in Belgium, following the death of Elisabeth De Proost on 25 January 2020.

Bouverne died in Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium on 3 August 2020 at the age of 111 years, 222 days. After her death, 111-year-old Maria Van Hool became the oldest living person in Belgium.


Belgium's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Charlotte Cardinal • Marie RollandAnna VersluysSophie Lacompte • Maria Vleminckx • Marie Gomain • Norbertine Fourdin • Marie Vandermoesen • Isabelle Tack • Maria Vandewinckel • Maria Gorsen • Marie Delfairiere • Ignace Demol • Herlindis Goeminne • Theresia Van Den Broucke • Maximilienne Pierquain • Sidonie Hayez • Caroline Fievet • Francisca Cloet • Marie-Louise Van Hoorebeeck • Hendrik Bulterijs • Barbara SimoensTheresia De Petter • Adele Vandenbosch • Marie Salmon • Constant De Lichte • Helene Lebon • Marie PurnodeEugenie TecqmenneCatherine Baert • Marie Lambotte • Fanny Thonus • Marie-Louise Vandenbroucke • Denise Durel • Maria Devos • Marguerite Dewal • Sophie Leys • Maria Wintgens • Eugenie Boulanger • Emiel Carbon • Kamiel Steyaert • Flore Carpentier • Maria Serneels • Frans Meeus • Mathilde Hellemans • Edmond Van Cauteren • Arthuria Dascotte • Pieter HinnisdaelsClement De Vos • Rosalie Beetens • Marie Lambert • Leonia Bruyndonckx • Mathilde Pirlet • Octavie LipsL. V.Maria Van Sprengel • Ermenie Acoe • Elisabeth Demanet • Jules-Leo Neijrinck • Maria Irma Casteur • Catharina Ververs • Marie De Ruyver • Joanna Deroover • Anne-Marie Vandermersch • Louis Marion • Victoire Ricaille • Maria Verkeyn • Maria Annaert • Irma Van de Voorde • Marcelle Droogmans • Romanie Pollet • Bernardina Van Dommelen • Gabrielle Demets • Adrienne LedentGermaine Degueldre • Fanny Godin • Anna De Guchtenaere • Alicia Corveleyn • Fernande De Raeve • Madeleine DullierElisabeth De ProostMarietta BouverneJulia Van HoolMarcelle Levaz