Fernande de Raeve
Fernande Everaert-De Raeve
Fernande Everaert-De Raeve

Fernande Everaert-De Raeve (3 December 1906 – 6 December 2017) was a Belgian supercentenarian who is currently unverified. Since the death of 112-year old Alicia Corveleyn on 31 January 2017 until her own death 10 months later, De Raeve was the oldest living person in Belgium. De Raeve was also the last person born in 1906 in Belgium.


Fernande De Raeve was born on 3 December 1906 in Ledeberg, Ghent, East Flanders. Fernande was eight when the First World War began. Her father was thirty-eight when he died. Her mother had to work hard to survive, and Fernande had to work as a maid. As an orphan of war, she went to a boarding school, where she learned to speak French.

In 1930, she married Emilius Everaert in Destelbergen. The couple had two children. Emilius died in 1995 at Saint Amand Hospital. In 2000, she moved with her daughter to Dordogne, France. In 2002, Fernande was almost blind, and moved to Heiveld, Gelderland. Fernande has two children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

In a 2016 article about her 110th birthday, it was mentioned that De Raeve has became blind since a couple of years and she was almost fully deaf. This made wachting television or reading a book impossible for her and she even never saw all five of her great-great-grandchildren. Although her days were taking a long time to end, she still enjoyed drinking wine and eating chocolate.

Fernande De Raeve died on 6 December 2017 in Sint-Amandsberg, East Flanders, Belgium at the age of 111 years, 3 days after a brief illness. Following her death, 110-year-old Madeleine Dulier became the oldest living person in Belgium.


Belgium's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Irma Casteur • Catharina Ververs • Marie de Ruyver • Joanna Deroover • Anne-Marie Vandermersch • Louis Marion • Victoire Ricaille • Maria Arnou-Verkeyn • Maria Annaert • Irma van de Voorde • Marcelle Droogmans • Romanie Pollet • Bernardina van Dommelen • Gabrielle Demets • Adrienne LedentGermaine Degueldre • Fanny Godin • Anna de Guchtenaere • Alicia Corveleyn • Fernande Everaert-De Raeve • Madeleine DullierElisabeth De Proost