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Zhou Yunmei
Zhou Yunmei
Zhou Yunmei at her 109th birthday party on 18 February 2007.
Birth: 18 February 1898
Jiangsu, Qing dynasty (now China)
Death: 11 February 2010
Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Age: 111 years, 357 days
Country: ChinaCHN

Zhou Yunmei (Chinese: 周云梅) (18 February 1898? – 11 February 2010) was a Chinese supercentenarian claim whose age is currently unverified by the Gerontology Research Group.


Early Life

Zhou Yunmei claimed to be born on 18 February 1898 in Jiangsu Province, Qing dynasty (now China), the first day of the Lunar year. Her family had good education and was respectful of traditions. She was kind and virtuous, and knew the etiquette. But she was also economical and hard-working, and gave a lot of her maternal love to her children while working hard.

According to her youngest son, Mao Nairen [Chinese: 毛乃仁], Yunmei never beat or shouted after her children, and kept a good atmosphere between her children.

Yunmei also liked painting and embroidering. Her husband died around 1960, from illness.

Later Life

At age 88, Yunmei underwent an operation to remove gallstones. At age 100, she fell of a stool and broke her femur, so she underwent a surgery. She liked doing some exercise to kept her body in good shape. In her centenarian years, she visited some monuments with her relatives, like the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Nankin or the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.

At age 107, Yunmei was reported to be constipated, but her daughter-in-law Chen Suidi [Chinese: 陈绥棣], who works at hospital, bought her rhubarb, honey and sesam oil to heal her. She was also reported to wear dental prothesis, installed by her second son Mao Naizuo [Chinese: 毛乃佐] who is dentist. Hard of hearing, she wears hearing aids, and likes watching Chinese operas in television. She receives 300 yuan by month from the town, completed by a 300 yuan mensual pension.

In her later years, Yunmei lived in a nursing home in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. On 29 January 2006, aged 107, she was visited by her relatives to celebrate the Spring Festival (for the Chinese New Year). At that time, she had 48 grandchildren and 108 descendants.

On her 109th birthday (110th by Chinese age counting), Yunmei's family counted five generations: she had 113 descendants, the younger being 2 (from the fifth generation) and the oldest being 97 (from the second generation). She has given money to her family, and dedicated Xinhua dictionnaries [Chinese: 新华字典] to 29 of her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren who studied.

Her third son, Mao Naiyou [Chinese: 毛乃友] (aged 87 in 2010), said that her mother encountered a lot of setbacks in her life. He thinks she's a model for the future generations, because she's kind, lives calmly, and treats everyone with simplicity; her family imitates her.

In December 2009, she was reported as the third-oldest living person in Jiangsu province, after Hu Jiazhi and Xu Zilan.

Yunmei died in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, on 11 February 2010 at 10 p.m., at the claimed age of 111 years, 357 days, one week shy of her claimed 112th birthday. Before her death, she said to her family that she wouldn't a great funeral, so she was simply burned. She was survived by 7 children (the oldest of the second generation aged 100), 41 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren (the youngest aged of six months); some of them lived in Beijing, Shanghai and Yangzhou.