Emilie Leblay at her 110th birthday celebration.
|Birth:||3 July 1907|
Bruz, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
|Death:||25 November 2017|
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
|Age:||110 years, 145 days|
Emilie Leblay [French: Émilie] (née Boucard; 3 July 1907 – 25 November 2017) was a French supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was one of the oldest known people in Brittany, France, until her death on 25 November 2017.
Emilie Leblay was born Emilie Boucard on 3 July 1907 in Bruz, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France. Her parents were bakers. When she was a young adult, she worked as a maid in a castle and as a doctor’s assistant.
In 1929, Emilie married Armand Leblay and had two children with him: Robert and Yannick, who became a doctor and a nurse respectively. Armand made a living as a roofer. He also sold slates in the market.
Emilie never smoked nor drank alcohol in her life, except for a glass of Porto daily and a glass of wine with cheese. She stopped during her centenarian years as per the advice of her doctor. She enjoys visits from volunteers at her nursing home Yolande, Nicole and Arielle, who have become close friends over the years.
On her 110th birthday in 2017, Emilie sang her favourite song: Du Gris by Bertha Sylva. Her secret to a long life, her son claims, is to not be affected by things, to take them arm-in-arm. One of Emilie’s sisters lived to be a centenarian, dying at 103.
Emilie Leblay passed away in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France, on 25 November 2017 at the age of 110 years, 145 days.
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