Geertruida Draaisma
Geertruida Draaisma
Birth: 25 February 1902
Makkum, Friesland, Netherlands
Death: 12 August 2011
Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
Age: 109 years, 168 days
Country: NetherlandsNED

Geertruida (Truus) Draaisma (25 February 1902 – 12 August 2011) was the oldest living person in The Netherlands after the death of 108-year-old Wijtske van Dijk-Meindersma on 10 November 2010.


Geertruida Draaisma was born on 25 February 1902 in Makkum in the province of Friesland, The Netherlands. When she was just a child, a fortune teller would've told her that she would became the oldest member of the family.

She worked as boss in a store for hats. Later in her live, she moved to The Hague, South-Holland, together with her sister. Both her sister and Ms. Draaisma got an intracranial bleed, of whom only Ms. Draaisma survived. Eventually, she moved to retirement home De Hofwijck in Leeuwarden in 1993. At the age of 108 years old, she mentioned that she reached such a high age due to a lot of smoking and drinking. At that time, she also was healthy, still watched television sometimes, had a good mind and could still walk in the local park every day, but her eyesight and hearing became poor. On her 109th birthday, it was mentioned that, even though she sometimes forgets things, she still knew about her birthday.

Draaisma died on 12 August 2011 at the age of 109 years, 168 days, making her the third oldest person in The Netherlands in a row who didn't became a supercentenarian.



Netherlands's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Christina Karnebeek-Backs • Wilhelminus Kostering • Hendrikje Smit-Meijering • Maria Hund-Smit • Kiet Portier-Tan • Marianna Kors-Dikker • Johanna de Bree-Meijer • Johanna Pouwaart-Ratelband • Betje Comijs-Cicero • Reinskjen Pruiksma-Bakker • Henri van Dooren • Cornelis Bredijk • Elisabeth Weddige-Tedsen • Elisabeth van der Burg-Leusveld • Johanna Leeuwenburg-HordijkCornelia la Fors-van Geel • Gerarda Hurenkamp-Bosgoed • Wilhelmina CammelPetronella Ribbens-Verstallen • Frederika van Asselt-Benkemper • Margaretha Eijken • Christina van Druten-Hoogakker • Jan Machiel Reyskens • Trijntje Jansma-BoskmaJohanna Zandstra-Giezen • Ann Flower • Johanna van Dommelen-Hamer • Cornelia Hendrikse-Maas • Geertje Roelinga-de Groot • Catharina van Dam-GroeneveldHendrikje van Andel-Schipper • Alexandrina van Donkelaar-Vink • Grietje Jansen-Anker • Bertha van Hasselt • Wijtske van Dijk-Meindersma • Geertruida DraaismaCornelis Geurtz • Egbertje Leutscher-de Vries • Nelly de Vries-Lammerts • Geertje Kuijntjes • Anne Brasz-Later • Maria Luisa Benjamin

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