'Oldest person' dies aged 114

A NUN considered to be the oldest person in the world died yesterday on the French Caribbean island of St Barts, aged 114.

Eugenie Blanchard had been a patient in the geriatric ward of a hospital since 1980.

Sister Eugenie was born in St Barts on 16 February, 1896, and lived much of her life in a convent in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao before returning home in the 1950s. She was the last survivor of a family of 13 brothers and sisters.

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She had earned the nickname "Sweets" because of how she treated others, said Victorin Lurel, who represents St Barts in France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly.