Spanish Woman at 115 May Be the New Dean of Humankind
115-year-old Spaniard Maria Branyas Morera may become the new dean of humanity
A 115-year-old Spaniard, born in the United States, may soon become the new dean of humanity, a Guinness World Records consultant said on Wednesday (01.18.2023) after the death of the 118-year-old French sister André, who held the title.
The Santa Maria del Tura nursing home in Olot, northeast Spain where Maria Branyas Morera has been living for the past 20 years, plans to organize a small celebration behind closed doors. The centenarian is said to be in good health and is appreciative of the interest shown in her.
The main consultant in gerontology for Guinness World Records, Robert D. Young, declared that it is “probable” that Morera is the new dean of humanity but that it isn’t confirmed yet. The Guinness organization will make an official decision after verifying official documents and meeting with Morera’s family.
What makes Morera’s accomplishment even more astonishing is that she has survived three wars and two pandemics. The 1918 flu pandemic (also called the Spanish flu), two world wars, the Spanish Civil War and the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Her youngest daughter, Rosa Moret, 78, spoke of her mother’s usually good health. “She never went to the hospital and never had a fracture,” Rosa Moret stated Wednesday on Catalan regional television.
Maria Branyas Morera was born in San Francisco, USA on March 4, 1907. Her family moved from Mexico to the United States, before migrating to New Orleans in 1910 and then eventually to Spain in 1915 in 1931.
She was married to a doctor who died at the age of 72. She has three children, one of whom is deceased, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The French sister André, whose name was Lucile Randon, born on February 11, 1904 in Alès, was the dean of humanity since April 2022 before her death in her sleep in the early hours of Tuesday in a nursing home in Toulon, in the south of France.
Assuming all documents and meetings succeed, Maria Branyas Morera may soon become the oldest living person and new dean of humanity.