Cora Hansen

  • Full name: Cora Hansen
  • Lifespan: 25.03.1899
  • Age: 113 years. 24 days
  • Birthplace: Minnesota, USA
  • Last residence: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Application date: 12.12.2011
  • Validation date:  08.03.2012
  • Validation source: Mark Muir/Celvin Ruisdael


Cora Hansen was born in Minnesota, USA, on 25 March 1899 to Elling Clausen Skjelbreid (born 1852) and Else Marie Jensdatter Gronnoy (born 1856), farmers who emigrated to the United States from Drangedal in Telemark, Norway. In 1912 Hansen and her family moved on to Jenner, Alberta, Canada. She married a danish man named Richard Hansen, and they both retired in Elkwater in 1972. She moved into the Valleyview Care Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta in her 90s. She died there on 18 April 2012 at the age of 113 years, 24 days. After her death, Merle Barwis became the oldest Canadian living person.

She had one daughter Eleanor, two grandchildren Jim and Allyson and one great-grandson Brooks living today. On her 108th birthday in 2007, she credited her longevity to God and living a simple life without drinking any alcohol. Despite being bedridden and having serious vision and hearing problems, she was active, alert and lucid from time to time. According to a notice of Hansen’s death posted on CTV News’s website “she credited her longevity to good genes, regular walks and a lifestyle that avoided cigarettes and alcohol”. She also had two living nieces, Else Sharp who was 99 at the time (now deceased), Emma Clausen who was 94 at the time, and a nephew, Alfred Clausen who was 97 at the time.

Longevity titles

Doyenne of Canada (20.10.2009-18.04.2012)


Cora Hansen age was verified by Mark Muir together with Celvin Ruisdeal and validated by the GRG on march 8th 2012.

Miss Cora at an unknown age.

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