Ana Vela-Rubio
Ana Vela-Rubio
Birth: 29 October 1901
Puente Genil, Córdoba, Spain
Death: 15 December 2017
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Age: 116 years, 47 days
Country: ESP FlagESP

Ana Maria Vela-Rubio (29 October 1901 – 15 December 2017) was a validated Spanish supercentenarian who was, at the time of her death, the oldest living person in Spain, the oldest in Europe after the passing of Emma Morano on 15 April 2017, and overall the third-oldest in the world. She became the oldest living person in Spain following the death of Francisca Garcia Torres on 25 February 2014.

She is the oldest validated Spanish person ever.


Vela-Rubio was born on 29 October 1901 in Puente Genil, Cordoba, Spain. She was orphaned as a child.

Vela-Rubio worked in a food store in Malaga, Spain. In 1950, she moved to Barcelona with her partner. She never married her partner because her parents didn't approve of their relationship. They had four children - Carmelita (who died aged 10), Antonio, Ana, and Juan.

Vela-Rubio moved in to a nursing home in 2005. She suffered from dementia.

On 29 October 2017, she celebrated her 116th birthday, becoming one of only five people in the history of Europe to have reached this age; the other four being Jeanne Calment, Emma Morano, Giuseppina Projetto, and Maria Giuseppa Robucci.

Vela-Rubio died in Barcelona, Catalonia on 15 December 2017 at the age of 116 years, 47 days.


Spain's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Josefa Salas Mateo • Policarpa Pérez Expósito • Josefa Llovet Llovet • Ramona Agudin-Fernandez • Antonia Diaz • Soledad Munoz • Salustiano Alvarez • Isabel Guijarro • Telesfora de la Torre-Mendizábal • Paulina Garcia-Lozano • Aurelio Diaz • A.L.M. • Galo Leoz-Ortin • Maria Antonia Castro • Maria del Carmen Lopez • Gregorio Merino • Gabriela Izquierdo • F.M.M. • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • Maria Esperanza Onieva • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Jorja Hernando • Victoriana Vázquez Barrero • Lucía Madaria-Vesga • Manuela Fernandez-Fojaco • Teresa Dosaigues Abella • Andresa Guerrero-Ortiz • Felipa Gutierrez • Rosa Martinez • Francisco Fernandez • Francisca Garcia-Torres • Ana Vela-Rubio • Magdalena Oliver Gabarro • Josefa Santos Gonzalez

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