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Wen Yangshi
Wen Yangshi
Wen Yangshi on her 111th birthday.
Birth: 15 April 1895
Harbin, Heilongjiang, Qing dynasty (now China)
Death: 9 February 2010
Dailan, Liaoning, China
Age: 114 years, 307 days
Country: ChinaCHN

Wen Yangshi [Chinese: 温杨氏] (15 April 1895 – 9 February 2010) was a Chinese supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life

Wen Yangshi claimed to have been born on 15 April 1895 in Harbin, Heilongjiang, Qing dynasty (now China). She was born the 11th year of the reign of the emperor Guanxu. She eats rock candies since her childhood. Her family was poor: only some clothes were washed, even if they were patched.

Become adult, Yangshi took care of a large family, including her daughter, Wen Peilan [Chinese: 温培兰], who married Yang Chuanlu [Chinese: 杨传禄]. She suffered a lot, but stayed strong, and kept on reparation and sewing in her later life. Her daughter said that "her mind never was confused, and that it has something to do with that."

Yangshi moved to Hebei with her family to flee the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, which began following the Mukden Incident on 18 September 1931.

Later Life

Yangshi moved in Dailan in 1960 with her whole family. Arrived there, she immediatly liked the seafood. She lived for years in her daughter and son-in-law's house, although she stayed very autonomous. She says: "All that you can do yourself is done by yourself."

After Yangshi turned 90, her family brought her to annual physical examinations at hospital. At age 94, she could still walk in stairs. Her doctor, Yu Shihe [Chinese: 于士河] visited her often in her centenarian years, and said that, although she is over 100, she has a 60-year-old heart. She had her habits in Xinghua street [Chinese: 兴华街道] and Xiushan Community [Chinese: 秀山社区的].

Although Yangshi wasn't very cultured, she taught a lot of things to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although her body was sometimes in pain, she sat properly and styled her hair when they were guests at home, and welcomed them with energy. She used to say her daughter: "We must have rules."

On her 111th birthday, she was reported as the oldest living person in Dailan, Liaoning, China. She was still able to walk. Her daughter tell to journalists: "My mother likes to smoke and drink, but she stopped drinking white wine these last years. Sometimes, she drinks red wine." Her family counted five generations. She was reported to be hard of hearing, and to fall asleep while watching television.

At age 113, Yangshi was reported to still watch television and sew. She plays cards with children and grandchildren, and sometimes "steals cards and cheats".

Yangshi died on her sleep in Dailan, Liaoning, China on 6 February 2010 at 2 a.m., at the age of 114 years, 307 days. She was 62 days shy of her 115th birthday.

Potential Longevity Records

If validated, she would have been the oldest living person in the world at the time of her death, from the death of Gertrude Baines on 11 September 2009 to her own death on 6 February 2010, being a month older than Kama Chinen.