|Maria de Jesus|
|Birth:||10 September 1893|
Olival, Ourém, Kingdom of Portugal
|Death:||2 January 2009|
Corujo, Tomar, Portugal
|Age:||115 years, 114 days|
Born as Maria de Jesus, she married in 1919 and became a widow in 1951, when she was 57 years old (born illegitimate, "Maria de Jesus" was a given name that was her entire name at birth, "dos Santos" was the surname of her husband but she made little use of it in life). From that relationship, five children were born, three of whom are still living. One of those, a daughter, Madalena, was born on 25 December 1924 and lives with her. She also has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. During her lifetime, she visited the hospital only once and was long in very good health, with the exception of her ambulation. Maria worked on the land for her entire life and still lived in her own house instead of a nursing home (like the majority of supercentenarians), where she wakes up every morning at 11AM to do her daily hand exercises. Although she was still responsive as of November 2008, she could no longer recognize her family, and had serious problems with her sight and hearing, although she was still able to smile and wave at visitors. She still walked around with the aid of a walker. She enjoyed looking through her old family albums, sunbathing at her porch, eating Portuguese rice pudding and ice cream, as well as taking baths. Reportedly, she never smoked or drank alcohol. She also avoided eating meat, preferring to eat fish and vegetables.
On 11 June 2008, at age 114 years, 275 days, De Jesus surpassed Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes as the oldest verified Portuguese person of all time.
- Report on Maria de Jesus' 115th birthday
- Gerontology Research Group, featuring a report on her
- British documentary about the oldest people