Oldest woman in Latin America dies at 127

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Zapopan (Mexico ) – A on Monday from Mexico City confirmed that the oldest woman in Latin America, Leandra Becerra, passed away on Thursday night at the age of 127 in Zapopan, a town in Mexico’s western of Jalisco.

The family members said Becerra, liked eating chocolates and cookies, had said jokingly that the secret of her longevity was having a husband, eating well and getting plenty of sleep.

Known as the last of the revolutionary-era “adelitas,” women who followed men into battle, Becerra was born in 1887 in northeastern Tamaulipas state.

They said though never married,  but Becerra had five children and some 200 descendants scattered across the of Jalisco, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon and in the .

The family said Becerra couldn’t be registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-living woman for she lost all her official documentation.  (Xinhua/NAN)