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Top 50 Oldest Costa Ricans Ever

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Mendocino
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Here's a project that I've recently started working on. Costa Rica is arguably the easiest country to research in Latin America, largely due to the near-universal document indexing and online ID card database, which allows for a claimant's date of birth/date of death to be easily searchable. I worked on this list until I could find 50 cases aged 107+, but there's obviously more that are currently unknown to researchers, so think of this as more of a proof of concept than a finished product. I imagine that the actual top 50 for Costa Rica is entirely 108+. Almost all of these cases could be verified to a high standard of evidence, but there are a few which aren't fully documented - these are italicized. 

As you might expect from a relatively small country like Costa Rica, a few of these cases have some familial connections.

Francisca Caravaca Gutierrez (1875-1983) is the mother of María Emilia Caravaca (1904-2013).

Filemón Arias Rivera (1904-2013) is the older brother of Constancia Arias Rivera (1909-2016).

Marita Camacho Quirós (1911-present) and Adela Monge Quiros (1907-2015) are second-cousins. 

Claudia Soto Saborio (1909-2020) and Antonio Ardón Soto (1888-1998) are second-cousins. 

While not a familial connection, it's interesting to note that the parents of Marita Camacho Quirós (1911-present) and Juan Gabriel Hernández Matamoros (1913-present) were neighbors, and knew each other growing up. In 2021, Juan Gabriel was still able to recall memories of knowing Marita's family when they both lived in Naranjo, Alajuela.

Profile picture: Marita Camacho Quirós (1911-Present)


   
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Excellent work, @Mendocino!!


   
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Mendocino
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I found two more 108 year olds, this time from the early/mid 2000s:

Alfredo Agustín Villalobos Fonseca (6 Jan 1894 - 10 Oct 2002), 108 years, 277 days

Pictured here with his sister, Rosa Villalobos Fonseca (15 Aug 1903 - 9 Jan 2009), who died at the age of 105 years, 147 days:

 

Isaías Garro Marin (3 Apr 1897 - 6 Oct 2005), 108 years, 186 days

In 1962, an article was written about him where he was recognized for being the oldest active Costa Rican guard, then aged 65. Little did they know, he would go on to live for another 43 years.

Profile picture: Marita Camacho Quirós (1911-Present)


   
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Some more photos of Josefina Quirós Soto (12 Apr 1905 - 7 Oct 2015), found on Facebook. The first four were from December 2014, and the final one is undated.

 

Profile picture: Marita Camacho Quirós (1911-Present)


   
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Ms. Marita del Carmen Camacho Quiros (born 10 March 1911) was the first person who turned 112 in Costa Rica and now she is also the first person who turned 113 in this nation.

http://www.supercentenariditalia.it/persone-viventi-piu-longeve-in-italia.
Persone viventi più longeve in Italia – Supercentenari d'Italia (supercentenariditalia.it)


   
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