17 June 1882?
18 November 1997
115 years, 157 days?
Anitica Butariu was supposedly born on 17 June 1882, and was deaf-mute from birth. She possessed a birth certificate that her doctor, Victor Arsenie, used to verify her claimed age. She never married, and worked as a housekeeper until 1964, when she moved into a nursing home in Lipova aged 82 and remained there the rest of her life.
Although she claimed to be 115 when she died, she would never have held the title of "oldest living person", as Marie-Louise Meilleur, Sarah Knauss, and Maggie Barnes were all older than her at the time.
Butariu was highly reliant on her caretakers. She was mostly confined to bed, and when she did walk, she tended to stay in close proximity to her bed. Nurses fed and bathed her. She knew a very limited number of gestures, and never knew of her title as Europe's Oldest Living Person. She had a fondness for orange-flavoured soda as well.
- Anitica Butariu Find A Grave Memorial