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Linda Wiggins
Linda Wiggins
Linda Wiggins at the age of 109.
Birth: 17 September 1908
Auckland, New Zealand
Death: 2 December 2018
Stratford, New Zealand
Age: 110 years, 76 days
Country: New ZealandNZL

Linda Pearl Wiggins (née Churches; 17 September 1908 – 2 December 2018) was an unvalidated New Zealand supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Oceania at the time of her death.


Linda Wiggins was born on 17 September 1908 at St Helen's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. She was the oldest of nine children born to Thomas Edwin Churches (1883–1975) and Annie May Churches (1889–1969). She had one brother, Kenneth Percival Churches (1910–1980).

In 1929, she married Fred Wiggins in Dargaville. The couple had five children and worked as farmers in Dargaville, Kirikopuni and Oramahoe before retiring to Rotorua and later Te Puke, where Fred died in 1976. She survived cancer at the age of 60.

After death of her husband, she moved to Mt. Maunganui and spent 27 years there before she moved to Stratford at the age of 99. On her 110th birthday, she had 19 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 49 great-great-grandchildren.

In her later years, Wiggins lived in Marire Rest Home, Stratford, New Zealand. She became the oldest known person in New Zealand following the death of Madeline Anderson on 19 June 2018, and the oldest known person in Oceania following the death of Margaret Vivian on 20 September 2018.

Wiggins died on 2 December 2018 at the age of 110 years, 76 days. Following her death, Mabel Jenkins became the oldest living person in New Zealand and Oceania.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Lavinia BaskervilleHelen DixonMary LuplauFlora BartonAlexander HughesAgnes WilsonLillian BlythEthel PearsonMary CartwrightCaroline Turner-WilliamsParewahawaha Ranginui LeonardFlorence SedcoleEdith RobisonJessie LittleMary BromleyLillian HickmottArthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean TillieWilliam Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary DoyleWilliam Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Mabel WachnerFlorence Finch • Irene MorganRuby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline AndersonLinda WigginsMabel JenkinsLola de la HayeMoy Kim NgNina BrownRonald HermannsJoan Brennan