Lucile Randon
Lucile Randon
Birth: 11 February 1904
Ales, Gard, Occitanie, France
Age: 116 years, 292 days
Country: FranceFRA
Validated

Lucile Randon (born 11 February 1904), known as Sister Andre, is a French supercentenarian who is the oldest known living person in Europe and the second-oldest validated living person in the world, behind Kane Tanaka of Japan. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group.

Randon, who has been a nun for over 75 years, is the oldest ecclesiastical person ever recorded. At the age of 116 years, 292 days, she is currently the second-oldest French person, and the third-oldest European person, ever recorded.

Biography

Childhood and Religion

Lucile Randon was born on 11 February 1904 in Ales, Occitanie region, France. Her twin sister died at the age of 18 months. Randon remembers her two brothers returning from World War I in 1918, one of them seriously injured.

She grew up in a Protestant family; her paternal grandfather was a pastor. Randon converted to Catholicism at the age of 27, and at the age of 40, she became a nun in the congregation of the Sisters of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, taking the name of Sister Andre in homage to her older brother.

Career and Later Life

Randon worked as a teacher and a governess for various families, including the Peugot family who founded the French car manufacturer. She also looked after children during World War II. After the war, she spent 28 years working with orphans and elderly people at a hospital in Vichy, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. She then spent three decades living in Savoie, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.

Since 2009, Randon has lived in a retirement home in Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, France. In 2019, she was made an honorary citizen of the city and received a letter from Pope Francis. Randon is blind, partially deaf, and uses a wheelchair.

Longevity Records

Ecclesiastical Records

Randon became the oldest known living nun in the world following the death of 115-year-old Marie-Josephine Gaudette of Italy. Random subsequently became the oldest ecclesiastical person ever recorded after surpassing Gaudette's age of 115 years, 110 days on 2 June 2019.

French Records

Randon became the oldest living person in France following the death of 114-year-old Honorine Rondello on 19 October 2017. Following the death of 114 year-old Gabrielle des Robert on 3 December 2018, Randon has been the last surviving French person born in 1904.

On 11 February 2019, Randon celebrated her 115th birthday, becoming the third person in the history of France to verifiably reach this age, after Jeanne Calment and Marie Bremont. Since surpassing Bremont's final age of 115 years, 42 days on 26 March 2019, Randon has been the second-oldest French person ever documented, behind only Calment, who lived to 122. Randon became the second French person to verifiably reach the age of 116 on 11 February 2020.

European Records

Following the death of fellow Frenchwoman Gabrielle Valentine des Robert on 3 December 2018, Randon became the last known person in Europe born in 1904. She subsequently became the oldest living person in Europe, as well as the last known European born before 1905, following the death of 116-year-old Italian Maria Giuseppa Robucci on 18 June 2019.

On 11 February 2020, Randon became the sixth recorded European to verifiably reach the age of 116. Since surpassing Robucci's final age of 116 years, 90 days on 12 May 2020, Randon has been the third-oldest European ever recorded, after Jeanne Calment and Emma Morano.

Worldwide Records

Since the death of Maria Giuseppa Robucci on 18 June 2019, Randon has been the world's second-oldest living person whose age is validated by the GRG, behind only Kane Tanaka. She was previously believed to have been the world's last known validated person born in 1904; this has no longer been the case since Francisca Celsa dos Santos's validation by the GRG on 9 July 2020.

Since surpassing Tane Ikai's final age of 116 years, 175 days on 5 August 2020, Randon has been in the top-15 oldest people ever whose ages have been validated by the GRG.

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Europe's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Willem van Renterghem • Marie d'Evergroote • Lavina Hansdatter • Kirsti Skagen • Geert Adriaans Boomgaard • Margaret Ann Neve • Karen BroedbaekSophia Wijnberg • Agnete Olsdatter • Honor Coleman • Sophie Lacomte • Maria Vleminckx • Johanna Berns • Matthias Dodenhoff • Sarah Gardiner • Elisabeth Jensen • Britta Njeldsdatter • Frederick Stabbins • Jane Lister • Martha Truelove • Ann Sharp • Gertrud Kübbeler • Marie Delfairiere • Frances Smith • Katherine Plunket • Eliza Roff • Maria Montemurro • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel Swain • Wilhelmine Olschewski • Mary Davey • Francesco Cubadda • Thomas Pope • John Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Johanna Johansson • Elizabeth Sellwood • Petronella Braams • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Karl Glockner • Sarah Humphrey • Maria Johansson • Michelina Macchia • Caroline Beale • Josephine Marchal • Luise Rissmann • Christina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Willem Kostering • Ella Ille Rentel • Lovisa Svensson • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Auguste Pahl • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Frederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Katharina Braun • Frederique Noel • Florence Pannell • Augustine Tessier • Jeanetta Thomas • Alice Brewster • Petronella Ribbens-Verstallen • Anna Eliza Williams • Jeanne Calment • Lucy Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Amy Hulmes • Germaine Haye • Teresa Fumarola • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper • Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi • Camille Loiseau • Maria de Jesus • Manuela Fernandez-Fojaco • Lucia Lauria • Florrie Baldwin • Venere Pizzinato-Papo • Marcelle Narbonne • Marie-Therese Bardet • Maria Redaelli • Emma Morano • Ana Vela Rubio • Giuseppina Projetto • Maria Giuseppa Robucci • Lucile Randon •


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

Marie-Ernestine Compain • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Frederique Noel • Augustine Tessier • Elisa Esnault • Eugenie Roux • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Helene Chanteperdrix • Jeanne Dumaine • Marie Bremont • Germaine Haye • Anne Primout • Camille Loiseau • Marie-Simone Capony • Clementine Solignac • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Diaz • Marcelle Narbonne • Marie-Therese Bardet • Paule Bronzini • Irenise Moulonguet • Suzanne Burrier • Marie Liguinen • Olympe Amaury • Eudoxie Baboul • Elisabeth Collot • Honorine Rondello • Lucile Randon

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