|Birth:||25 December 1908|
Ghent, East Flanders
|Age:||111 years, 53 days|
Marietta Bouverne was born as the daughter of the working class family of Arthur Bouverne and his wife Maria Bracke, in the Ghent Dampoort district, on 25 December 1908. Bouverne attended the Emile Brauninstituut where the lessons were still entirely given in French at that time. She followed a training as a secretary, a position she held for many years. Bouverne married Albertus Dekens in Anderlecht in 1932. Later on, the couple returned to Ghent where Albert died in 1960. They had no children.
Bouverne lived in an apartment near the Blaarmeersen until she moved into a Huize Arion in Zwijnaarde in 2004, aged 95. When the care home was closed in April 2017, she had to temporarily change her residence until the new nursing home Zilversterre was opened in December of that year. Bouverne remained active until old age. She was mainly interested in cultural topics. After her 100th birthday she started modeling. In addition, she also likes pets; especially the cats.
Bouverne still lives in Ghent as of the present day. On 25 December 2018, she turned 110 years of age, being the third oldest living person in Belgium at the time.
Bouverne became the oldest living person in Belgium, following the death of Elisabeth De Proost on 25 January 2020.
|Belgium's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Maria Van Sprengel • Erminie Acoe • Elisabeth Demanet • Jules-Leo Neijrinck • Maria Irma Casteur • Catharina Ververs • Marie de Ruyver • Joanna Deroover • Anne-Marie Vandermersch • Louis Marion • Victoire Ricaille • Maria Arnou-Verkeyn • Maria Annaert • Irma van de Voorde • Marcelle Droogmans • Romanie Pollet • Bernardina van Dommelen • Gabrielle Demets • Adrienne Ledent • Germaine Degueldre • Fanny Godin • Anna de Guchtenaere • Alicia Corveleyn • Fernande Everaert-De Raeve • Madeleine Dullier • Elisabeth De Proost • Marietta Bouverne