Myrtle Milledge, world's oldest New England Patriots fan, dies in Maine at age 106

MEXICO, Maine -- A Maine woman recognized by the New England Patriots as their oldest fan has died. She was 106.

Myrtle Milledge, of the town 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.

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 New England's Super Bowl win that year.