Great-grandmother turns 105 years old

MANY HAPPY RETURNS—Prudence Caballero Peredo, left, and her daughter Carmen in the 1980s. Peredo turned 105 years old on April 28. Courtesy photo

MANY HAPPY RETURNS—Prudence Caballero Peredo, left, and her daughter Carmen in the 1980s. Peredo turned 105 years old on April 28. Courtesy photo

On April 28, Westlake Village resident Prudence Peredo turned 105 years old.

Soon after her birth in 1913 in a small town in Bolivia, she was orphaned, and various extended family members raised her.

Memories of her youth include a time the town was overcome with thousands of locusts. She also remembers afternoons playing with the neighborhood monkey, the introduction of the radio and automobile in the 1920s, and the first time she saw an airplane.

Peredo was married and widowed twice, leaving her to care for her three children on her own. She developed a successful bakery business to support her family.

In 1973 she moved to America, first to Washington, D.C., then to Westlake Village to be near her daughter and son-inlaw and their family. She now has three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

In her 60s Peredo enjoyed cooking meals for the family, taking the grandkids out for walks and chasing the ice cream truck to buy treats for them.

She became a U.S. citizen in 1976. She volunteered for many years at the Goebel Center.

Peredo has been an active senior, although recently she has slowed down due to a decline in her hearing, sight, memory and mobility.

Her family will celebrate her 105th birthday in her honor.