Friday, January 19, 2007

An Old, Old Maid

The world's oldest woman, Julie Winnifred Bertrand, has died in Montreal at 115—just a month after inheriting the title from Elizabeth Bolden of Tennessee. She never married, perhaps because she could never find the right cabinet minister.

She had her suitors, [her niece Elaine] Sauciere said, adding it was difficult to say how close she may have been to Louis St. Laurent, a young lawyer who went on to become prime minister.

"She was friends with his sister and I think she was sweet on him, but how serious it was, I don't know," Sauciere told the Gazette. [Link]

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