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Gerritdina Schellevis
Gerritdina Schellevis-Slaghuis
Birth: 12 December 1890
Enter, Overijssel, Netherlands
Death: 13 November 2001
Rijssen, Overijssel, Netherlands
Age: 110 years, 336 days
Country: NetherlandsNED
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Gerritdina Schellevis-Slaghuis (12 December 1890 – 13 November 2001) was a Dutch supercentenarian whose age is officialy validated.

Biography

Gerritdina (Dina) Schellevis-Slaghuis, also known as Piel Dine in her local dialect, was born in the village of Enter in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands, on 12 December 1890. She married Jacob Schellevis and had seven children. She became a widow in 1954.

During her life, she was in relatively bad health. In the 1920s, her general practitioner advised her to not eat vegetables anymore due to having a stomach ache all the time. Since then, she only ate potatoes with dairy butter and buttermilk porridge. She started eating vegetables again sixty years later after being diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency.

On 7 January 1997, when Schellevis-Slaghuis was 106 years old, she became the oldest living person in Overijssel. On her 110th birthday on 12 December 2000, she was the first person ever from Overijssel who reached the age of 110 years. She also was the third oldest living person in the Netherlands at the time behind Catharina van Dam-Groeneveld and Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper. After the death of 113-year-old Van Dam-Groeneveld on 16 February 2001, she became the second oldest living person in The Netherlands after Van Andel-Schipper, who eventually became the oldest Dutch person ever.

Gerritdina Schellevis-Slaghuis died in Rijssen, Overijssel, Netherlands on 13 November 2001 at the age of 110 years, 336 days, a month before her 111th birthday. She remains the oldest person ever from Overijssel. When she died, only the Reformatorisch Dagblad (a Dutch protestant newspaper) reported about her death; no other newspaper in The Netherlands, not even the large newspapers, reported about her passing.

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