Mildred Layfield, who was believed to be California's oldest person but was certainly one of the state's oldest people, has died.

Layfield's granddaughter, Kris Lindley, called the Recorder on Thursday afternoon to announce her grandmother, Layfield, had died at the age of 111. She said it's believed Layfield died Thursday morning.

Layfield celebrated her 111th birthday on November 22, 2019 during a celebration at Porterville Convalescent Home that featured five generations of her family. “We're just all trying to get our heads together,” Lindley said.

Lindley said a major reason why her grandmother was able to live so long was because Layfield's daughter, and Lindley's mother, Sharron Harrington, spent breakfast, lunch and dinner with Layfield every day for the past 26 years. “If it wasn't for my mom I don't think she would have lived until 111,” Lindley said.

Editor's Note: Look for a tribute to Layfield in Saturday's Recorder.

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