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Johanna Adonis
Johanna Adonis
Johanna Adonis on her 110th birthday
Birth: 5 August 1907
Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: 1 February 2019
Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Age: 111 years, 180 days
Country: South AfricaZAF

Johanna "Annie" Adonis (5 August 1907 – 1 February 2019) was a South African supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was potentially the oldest known living woman (and person) in South Africa at the time of her death.


Johanna Adonis was born on 5 August 1907 in Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa. She moved to Cape Town when she was 16, and when she was 19, she met her future husband, Edward Adonis, while working as a domestic worker in Sea Point, Cape Town. They married in around 1929 and moved to Athlone, Cape Town the following year.

Edward sadly died in 1953 after nearly 25 years of marriage. The couple never had any children together, but Johanna helped raise her extended family’s children after his death. Adonis lived alone in her flat after her husband’s death until she was 92 years old, when her family convinced her to move in with her niece. She was one of the six founders of the Anglican Women’s Fellowship (AWF) at St George’s Church in Cape Town.

By her 109th birthday, Adonis had problems with short-term memory loss and her legs not being as strong as they used to be, but she was still able to have a laugh with her family. On her 110th birthday, many people, including her family and the local priest, came to wish her a happy birthday.

Adonis died on 1 February 2019 in Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, at the age of 111 years, 180 days.