California’s oldest person dies at 114

The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California’s oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.
Soledad Mexia died Friday at the Silverado Senior Living Hospice, said Dr Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California Los Angeles. Mexia was born in Mexico but moved to the United States when she was very young and become an American citizen, Coles said.
Her granddaughter, Rosalia Ferreira of San Diego, said Mexia loved to sleep. “She would go to bed at 9 or 10 and not wake until 12 or 1 the next day,” Ferreira said. “Even when she was younger and alert, she always loved to sleep.” Mexia was a housewife most of her life, never working outside the home. She didn’t follow any special diet.
“But there was no junk food, I’ll tell you that,” Ferreira said.
“It may have helped her keep her health.” Mexia had “no health issues whatsoever,” she added. “She never took one pill for anything.” In addition, Ferreira said, her grandmother had a “very positive outlook on life.”
“I never saw her with a bad attitude. She was always happy to be with her family,” Ferreira said. “She loved to sing. That was my grandma.” The Gerontology Research Group is an organisation of physicians, scientists and engineers who validate supercentenarians, people 110 or older.

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