Meilleur in 1998
August 29, 1880|
Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada
|Died||April 16, 1998
(aged 117 years, 230 days)
Corbeil, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death
|Known for||Oldest validated Canadian ever|
|Spouse(s)||Etienne Leclerc (1872–1911, m.1900-1911)
Hector Meilleur (1879–1972, m. 1913-1972.)
|Parents||Pierre Chassé (1849–1911)
Febronie Levesque (1852–1912)
Marie-Louise Fébronie Meilleur (née Chassé) (August 29, 1880 – April 16, 1998) was a French Canadian supercentenarian who, upon the death of Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, became the oldest recognized living person. Meilleur is the oldest validated Canadian ever and the fourth oldest person in history, behind Jeanne Calment, Sarah Knauss and Lucy Hannah.
She was born in Kamouraska, Quebec, where she married her first husband, Étienne Leclerc, in 1900. After he and both of her parents died in 1911 and 1912, Meilleur left two of her four surviving children in 1913 and moved to the Ontario border. Only once, in 1939, did she return to the Quebec area. The supercentenarian had six further children by her second husband, Hector Meilleur, whom she married in 1915. After his death in 1972, she lived first with a daughter and then in a nursing home in Corbeil. She had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren, and four great-great-great-grandchildren.
Meilleur smoked tobacco into her nineties.   By the time she died of a blood clot at age 117 in April 1998 in Corbeil, Ontario, one of her sons was also living in the same nursing home, and her oldest living daughter, Gabrielle Vaughan, was 90 years old.
- List of the verified oldest people
- List of the verified oldest women
- Jeune, Bernard et al. (May 2010). "Jeanne Calment and her Successors.". In Maier, Heiner. Supercentenarians (Demographic Research Monographs). Springer. pp. 295–298. ISBN 978-3-642-11519-6.
- http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C4qCladqAIIC&pg=PT346&lpg=PT346&dq=marie+louise+meilleur+smoker&source=bl&ots=Guc5vWKhTl&sig=2xAj1uR4ASOWoSj3eJTDAgnMRDc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=y8q-UvnXLKup7Abt9IDICw&ved=0CIQBEOgBMA4#v=onepage&q=marie%20louise%20meilleur%20smoker&f=false (French)
- http://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/18/us/marie-louise-meilleur-117-and-felicie-cormier-118.html (French)
- http://www3.sympatico.ca/mgchassey/M_Lse/M_Lse.htm (French)
- http://www3.sympatico.ca/mgchassey/M_Lse/M_Lse2.htm (French)
|Oldest recognized living person
August 4, 1997 – April 16, 1998
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