Merle Barwis

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Merle Barwis
Merle Barwis.jpg
Barwis in 2011
Born (1900-12-23)December 23, 1900
Des Moines, Iowa, United States[1]
Died (2014-11-22)November 22, 2014
(aged 113 years, 334 days)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Spouse(s) Dewey Barwis
Children Three

Merle E. Barwis (December 23, 1900 – November 22, 2014)[2] was an American-Canadian supercentenarian who was at the time of her death, aged 113 years 334 days, the oldest living resident of Canada and one of oldest people ever in Canada.[1] She became the oldest living person in Canada from the death of Cora Hansen on April 18, 2012, until her own death 2 years and 7 months later.[1][3] Barwis was the last living Canadian person to have been born during the reign of Queen Victoria.[4][5]


Merle Barwis was born on December 23, 1900, in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. A few years later, her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada.[4] She married Dewey Barwis in 1923 and had three children.[4] Her husband worked in the Canadian Pacific railway. In 1952, her husband having retired, her family moved to Victoria, British Columbia. Her husband died in 1966.[1][4]

She outlived her two sons and two of her 10 grandchildren. At the time of her death, she had 17 great-grandchildren.[6]

At the time of her death she was the fourth-longest lived person ever in Canada and the oldest person ever to live in British Columbia.[1][5]

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