Meilleur in 1998
August 29, 1880|
Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada
|Died||April 16, 1998
(aged 117 years, 230 days)
Corbeil, Ontario, Canada
|Cause of death||Blood clot|
|Known for||Oldest validated Canadian ever|
|Spouse(s)||Etienne Leclerc (1873–1911, m.1900–1911, his death)
Hector Meilleur (1886–1971, m. 1916–1971, his death)
|Parent(s)||Pierre Chassé (1849–1911)
Febronie Levesque (1851–1913)
Marie-Louise Fébronie Meilleur (born Chassé) (August 29, 1880 – April 16, 1998) was a French Canadian supercentenarian who, upon the death of Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, became the world's 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 1916. After his death in 1971, she lived first with a daughter and then in a nursing home in Corbeil. At the time of her death, she had 4 surviving children, 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren, and five great-great-great-grandchildren.
Meilleur smoked tobacco into her nineties. She became oldest living person in August 1997, after the death of 122-year-old Jeanne Calment. 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 while her youngest living child, Rita was 60 years old. She was buried alongside her second husband in Swisha, where she had previously lived.
- 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.
- Prem Bhandari (15 May 2007). Heal & Prevent Stroke & Heart Disease. iUniverse. pp. 346–. ISBN 978-0-595-86217-7.
- Jr, Robert Mcg Thomas (18 April 1998). "Marie-Louise Meilleur, 117, And Felicie Cormier, 118". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- http://www3.sympatico.ca/mgchassey/M_Lse/M_Lse.htm (French)
- http://www3.sympatico.ca/mgchassey/M_Lse/M_Lse2.htm (French)
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