A 127-year-old, Doña Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, died this weekend. She was considered the country’s oldest woman and possibly the oldest woman in the world. She could never be verified because her birth certificate was lost and Mexico did not have adequate record keeping for births in 1887.
Doña was born on August 31, 1887 in Tula, Tamaulipas. She never thought of living so many years, outliving all of her five children and several grandchildren. She leaves 153 surviving decedents of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Doña was 23 when the Mexican Revolutionary war began and was a Adelitas, female revolutionary soldier, fighting against fight against Porfirio Díaz in 1910.
She supported her family as a seamstress and sewed most of her life up until just a few years ago.
She credits a lot of sleep and healthy appetite to her longevity. She also said she enjoys singing with her grandchildren and flirting with the young men that come to visit, and gives a lot of credit to her love for chocolate.
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