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Soledad Mexia

Soledad Mexia was a Mexican-born American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the oldest living resident in California and the world's sixth-oldest living person.


Soledad Mexia was born in La Noria, Sinaloa, Mexico, on 13 August 1899, to Benigno and Refugio Bonillas. She was the youngest of two daughters.

At the age of 20, she married Juan Mexia, a carpenter who constructed sets for the theatre and opera in Mazatlan. The newlyweds lived for a time in Los Angeles and Phoenix but always returned to Sinaloa. The couple had seven children.

Mexia moved to south San Diego County for good in the early 1960s, living with her children until she moved to a Nursing home in 2011.

At the time of death, she had 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

On 30 August 2013, Mexia died due to respiratory insufficiency, 17 days after her 114th birthday, at a hospice in Chula Vista, California.

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At the time of death, she was the oldest verified Mexican-born person ever, until her age was surpassed by Dominga Velasco on 30 May 2015.