Lucy Jane Askew
Lucy Jane Askew
Birth: 8 September 1883
Loughton, Essex, England
Death: 9 December 1997
Loughton, Essex, England
Age: 114 years, 92 days
Country: UK Flag UK

Lucy Jane Askew (8 September 1883 – 9 December 1997) was a British supercentenarian[1] and the oldest person in Europe from the death of Jeanne Calment on 4 August 1997, until her own death later that year, at the age of 114 years and 92 days.


Askew was born in Loughton, Essex, to parents Arthur George Askew and Susan Elizabeth Askew (née Ellis), who were prosperous landowners. Lucy had five other siblings, all of whom she outlived, although one of them (her younger brother Frank) also lived past 100.[2]

Askew never married and was a devout Christian. Askew moved into a nursing home when she was 106 and survived a leg operation at 108.[2] She was in good health until shortly before her death when she died peacefully in her sleep. She attributed her longevity to a modest lifestyle.

Askew was the last person documented to have been born in 1883.


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