November 4th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Eugenie Blanchard, world's oldest person, dies at 114



Eugenie Blanchard, a nun, became the world's oldest person in May.

Eugenie Blanchard, considered the world's oldest person, died Thursday at 114, news agencies reported.

Blanchard was born in February 1896, the sixth of 13 children, on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Barthelemy, but moved to Curacao and became a nun in 1920, according to Le Figaro.
She was known by the nickname Douchy, a Dutch creole word translated "Sweets," because she often gave children candy to bribe them into religious studies, AFP reported.

Blanchard returned to Saint-Barthelemy at age 60 and had lived in a nursing home for the past 30 years. She was blind and unable to speak for several years but was not on any medications, according to Le Figaro.

A woman named Antisa Khvichava in the Republic of Georgia is said to be 130 years old, but her birth date cannot be independently verified, several news outlets reported.

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  1. Katie

    Before anybody calls another an idiot, please proofread your spellings. It is the meaness of humans toward one another that is causing all the problems in this World. God Bless this lady, and may she rest in peace after a long productive life.

    November 6, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Have a bessed day Katie. Thank you for your reminder. Amen

      November 6, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. trixen

    I want to live a long and fruitful life, but not to the age 114. Once I'm no longer capable of enjoying life, I'd prefer to die quietly in my sleep rather than linger in a bed for the remainder of my years.

    November 6, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ade

    Wow may she rest in peace. This woman was half the age of america as we know it!! Now that is amazing! When she lived she saw america come from nothing to become a superpower just become nothing again when she died

    November 6, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Amy

    Let us say, the OLDESTt KNOWN person to live to age 114. This is a very, very large world. Who knows..........?
    May she rest in peace.

    November 7, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Robin Bush

    Rest in Peace, What a sweetpea she must have been... God bless her..

    November 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harvey Wallbanger

    Remember an interview with the world's oldest person a number of years ago. When asked how it felt , he said something to the effect "It's a real bummer knowing everyone is younger than you" :o)

    November 8, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. K.Bickers

    114? wasnt the old guy "grandpaul" older on texas chainsaw massucure?

    BTW, if i was blind and couldnt speak how in the hell would you know i could hear? Kill me if i ever get that disabled!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Triskel

    The world's oldest person is Jeanne Calment (in France), a 122 old year woman >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
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