Roger White presents Rumford Community Home resident Myrtle Milledge on Feb. 9 with a personalized New England Patriots jersey sent by the NFL team’s owner and president. Milledge died Tuesday at age 106. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

MEXICO — A woman recognized by the New England Patriots as their oldest fan has died at age 106.

Myrtle Milledge of Mexico was well into her 40s when the Patriots became a franchise in the old American Football League in 1960. The Patriots honored Milledge as their oldest fan earlier this month by giving her a personalized jersey complete with the number 106 on the back.

As a legal resident of Mexico, she had been that town’s Boston Post Cane holder since she turned 100.

Milledge died peacefully on Tuesday at the Hospice House in Auburn, her obituary in the Sun Journal said. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick, in 1970.

Milledge’s fandom made her something of a local celebrity. She served as the grand marshal of a parade for the team in May 2019, a few months after they won the Super Bowl.

Myrtle Milledge was known locally as the “world’s oldest Patriots fan” and was grand marshal of the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade in Rumford in May 2019. She died Tuesday at the age of 106. Rumford Falls Times file photo

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