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Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan
Birth: 31 August 1889
Utuado, Puerto Rico
Death: 29 May 2004
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Age: 114 years, 272 days
Country: PRI FlagPRI,USA FlagUSA
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Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan de Soler (31 August/1 September 1889 – 29 May 2004) held the title of world's oldest living person after the death of Mitoyo Kawate. She died at the age of 114 years, 271/272 days and was the oldest person ever from Puerto Rico until Emiliano Mercado del Toro surpassed her record. Before her verification in March 2004, Charlotte Benkner was recognized as the world's oldest living person.

Biography

She was born and grew up in Utuado, Puerto Rico, which was then a part of the Spanish empire. Her parents were Eduardo Iglesias-Ortiz and Luisa Jordan-Correa. She was the eldest of 11 siblings, her sister lived to be 101 and her brother lived to be 100. At the time of her death, two of her sisters were still living, at the ages of 94 and 89. The older of these two sisters died in 2016 at the age of 106. 

She was said to be able to recall the Spanish-American war of 1898 and went to a school with Spanish-speaking teachers.   

She married Alfonso Alonzo-Soler in 1912, they never had any children but adopted Roberto Torres-Iglesias, who was 85 at the time of Iglesias-Jordan's death. 

Questions regarding birthdate

The documentation for Iglesias-Jordan was inconsistent between supporting a birth on 31 August 1889 and 1 September 1889. The earliest record used to verify her age, a baptismal record from April 1890 stated that she had been born 31 August 1889. However, a recently discovered civil registration record from October 1889 states that she was born 1 September 1889. She also claimed birth on 1 September 1889.

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World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima

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