Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes


October 24, 1890


July 24, 2005

Age of death

114 years, 274 days

Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes (24 October 1890 – 25 July 2005) was the 2nd longest-lived person to be documented in Portugal. She was born and lived in Grijó, in Vila Nova de Gaia, which is near the city of Porto.

She remembered the day when the last king of Portugal, D. Manuel II, visited the nearby town of Espinho, on 23 November 1908.[1]

Maia-Lopes was nearly deaf and blind in her later years, and was confined to bed after a 2002 domestic accident with boiling water that burned her feet.Template:Citation needed She had a total of eight daughters, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1942. One of her great-granddaughters married a grandson of Portugal's oldest ever man, Augusto Moreira de Oliveira (1896 – 2009).[2]

Maia-Lopes died at the age of 114 years 274 days, which places her as one of the 40 longest lived people ever. At the time of her death, she was the 2nd-oldest person in Europe, behind Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper. She was also recognized as the 4th-oldest person in the world behind van Andel-Schipper, Elizabeth Bolden and Bettie Wilson, both from the United States. Maia-Lopes would later be relegated to fifth-oldest in the world at the time of her death with the recognition of María Capovilla of Ecuador.[3]


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