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Chico locals celebrate 100-year-old’s birthday on Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, dozens of people drove by to celebrate one woman’s incredible life.

Posted: May 9, 2021 7:23 PM

CHICO, Calif. - This Mother’s Day, dozens of people drove by Chico’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church to celebrate one woman’s incredible life.

Frances Caviness Layland, better known as “Frankie,” has lived in Chico for nearly 70 years.

After travelling the world with her husband as a missionary, she has seen and done a lot.

But this Tuesday is a day not many people get to celebrate.

Frankie is turning 100-years-old.

“It’s exciting when you think about it,” she beamed. “100 years.”

But she and her late husband are not just any locals.

If you are ever driving down Vallombrosa Ave. and wondered about the statue in front of the Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD), it is Dr. Calvin Layland, Frankie’s husband and founder of the Mangrove Medical Group.

After Dr. Layland served in the Korean war, he and Frankie moved to Chico to work and raise their children.

Even then, they still found the time to travel the world to help others, put some through school and made them a part of their family.

Frankie journaled her travels and experiences every day and published them in her book called Frankie’s Story.

As he held Frankie’s hand, her brother Ted Caviness knows how much of an impact she had on others.

“It’s been a great life and such an inspiration to everybody, especially to me,” he said.

To this day, Frankie is known as “Nana” to many people across the world.

“I don’t feel any older,” she beamed. “But I know I am older.”

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