Maria Gomes Valentim

BRAZIL supercentenarian data

  • Full name: Maria Gomes Valentim
  • Lifespan: 9.06.1896 – 21.06.2011
  • Age: 114 years, 347 days
  • Birthplace: Carangola, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Last residence: Carangola, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Application date: 09.05.2011
  • Validation date: 18.05.2011
  • Validation source: Guinness World Records/Cassio Turra/Gabriel Ainsworth


Maria Gomes Valentim was born in Carangola, Minas Gerais, Brazil on 9 July 1896. Her parents were Washington Gomes da Silva and Iduina Gomes da Silva. Her father died 13 days before turning 99 years.

She married Joao Valentim in 1913 at the age of 17. Joao died in 1946, leaving her to become a widow at the age of 50. The couple had one son, who died at the age of 75 in the early 1990s.[1]

After Eugenie Blanchard died on 4 November 2010, Gomes Valentim, at the age of 114, became the world’s oldest person. However, her age wasn’t validated until 18 May 2011. Gomes Valentim was the oldest validated person ever from Brazil until Francisca Celsa dos Santos surpassed her age in October 2019.

Gomes Valentim died of pneumonia and a generalized infection at the Carangola Charity House in Carangola, Minas Gerais, Brazil on 21 June 2011, at the age of 114 years, 347 days, just 18 days shy of her 115th birthday. At time of her death, she had four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Longevity titles

  • GWR WORLD’S OLDEST LIVING PERSON (04.11.2010 – 21.06.2011)
  • Doyenne of Brazil (NA – 21.06.2011)


Maria Gomes Valentim’s age was verified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSCassio Turra together with Gabriel Ainsworth and validated by the GRG on May 18th, 2011.

Maria during her last years (date unknown)

Maria celebrating her 107th birthday, 2003

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