Maria Branyas Morera Wiki, Biography
María Branyas Morera is now officially the oldest person in the world after Sister Andre, the former owner of the mantle, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at the age of 118. Lucile Randon, better known as Sister Andre, was a French nun. She breathed her last at the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home in Toulon, France.
Sister Andre, born February 11, 1904 in Ales, was a devout Catholic. She worked until 108 and spent the remaining years in the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home in Toulon, France. The nun lived through two world wars and 27 French heads of state. In 2021, she achieved the Guinness World Record as the oldest person to survive Covid-19.
Her successor, 115-year-old María Branyas, was born in California on March 4, 1907, and immigrated to Spain in 1915 with her family. She currently resides in a residence in Olot, Spain.
The supercentenarian even has an active Twitter account where she retweeted the news that she’s assumed the title of the world’s oldest person.
María Branyas Morera contracted Covid at the age of 113
Maria Branyas Morera will be 116 years old in a couple of months. She is the oldest surviving emigrant, the oldest born in the United States and the second oldest person to have lived in Spain. After Sister Andre’s death, she is now the world’s oldest living person, as validated by the Gerontology Research Group.
María married Joan Moret in 1931 in the Sanctuary of Els Àngels, Girona, and later they had three children. The supercentenarian reportedly had 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren as of August 2019.
The Spanish born in the United States tested positive for Covid in April 2020 when she was 113 years old, and currently she is one of the longest-lived people in the world to have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Her predecessor, Sister Andre, was the oldest person on record to survive Covid in 2021.
Maria’s family emigrated to San Francisco in 1906 and later traveled to New Orleans. They later emigrated to Spain in 1915. María Branyas had four siblings and was raised by a single mother after her father died of tuberculosis.
María Branyas injured her eardrum when she was a child while she was emigrating to Spain aboard a ship and since then she has been deaf in one ear. Her other ear also has partial hearing, and Maria makes extensive use of technology to communicate with her family.
Supposedly, the 115-year-old read newspapers every day until he was 110 years old.
When asked about the secret to her long life, Maria Branyas said that longevity largely depends on luck and genetics. She added that following a good diet and lifestyle, as well as surrounding herself with positive and genuine people, has worked in her favor.
Maria Branyas has also championed the benefits of yogurt.
Former world’s oldest person, Sister Andre, said her job kept her alive
Sister Andre, born Lucile Randon to a Protestant family in the French town of Ales, converted to Catholicism and was baptized at age 26. She became the world’s oldest person in 2022 after the death of Japanese resident Kane Tanaka at the age of 119.
Before becoming a Catholic nun, she babysat during World War II. She was part of the Daughters of Charity order and worked in a hospital in Vichy for most of her life.
Sister Andre told the AFP news agency in April 2022:
“People say that work kills, work kept me alive, I kept working until I was 108 years old.”
Reportedly, she would help other elderly people, some of whom were much younger than her, despite being blind and requiring a wheelchair to get around. She also admitted that she liked chocolate and enjoyed a glass of wine every day.
A spokesperson for the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home announced her death on Tuesday, noting:
“There is great sadness but… it was her wish to join her beloved brother. For her, it is a liberation.”
Sister Andre’s death marks the fourth validated supercentennial as she passes away in January 2023, joining American Bessie Hendricks, Japanese Hide Hamabe, and Barbadian-American Ira Jarvis.