|Birth:||10 April 1896|
Zedelgem, West Flanders, Belgium
|Death:||30 December 2005|
Loppem, West Flanders, Belgium
|Age:||109 years, 264 days|
Maria Ludovica Arnou-Verkeyn (10 April 1896 – 30 December 2005) was a Belgian centenarian who was the oldest known person in Belgium at time of her death.
Verkeyn was born in Zedelgem, West Flanders, Belgium on 10 April 1896. Her parents were August Verkeyn and Eugenia (née Segaert) Verkeyn. She had five siblings.
She married to the carpenter Boudewijn Arnou in 1924. The couple had four children: Willy, Nelly, Suzanne and Simonne. She worked as milliner and had her own hat shop. She got widowed in 1975.
She lived independently until she was 95. After that, she lived with her daughter Simonne, and seven years before her death, she moved to the Maartenshove rest home in Loppem.
She became the oldest known living person in Belgium following the death of 109-year-old Victoire Ricaille on 25 August 2004.
Verkeyn died of a common cold in Loppem, West Flanders, Belgium on 30 December 2005 at the age of 109 years, 264 days. Following her death, 108-year-old Maria Annaert became the oldest known living person in Belgium.
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