Velma Hare was born Jan. 31, 1913, about 100 miles west of Dallas in Comanche, Texas, and on Thursday, she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Hare moved to San Diego after attending the University of North Texas. She was 24.
"I was very young, and I came to visit a sister who lived here, Faye Sullivan, the owner of Sullivan's Market before we bought it from them, and then I got a job at an airplane factory," she said.
Hare came to Imperial Beach in 1956, the year Imperial Beach was incorporated, and ran Sullivan's Market with her husband William at the corner of Daisy Avenue and Seacoast Drive from the 1950s to the 1970s
Sullivan's is now IB Liquor Market across the street from what is now the new Pier South hotel.
The city has changed a lot since she first moved here 57 years ago, she said.
"I think it has grown, and it's a more grown up place. Before it was like a little country village, and now I see the changes in it all the time. It's growing for the better. I enjoy it. I think it's a beautiful town and I like the people who are here and everything," she said.
Hare said her secret to growing old and keeping happy is to remain active.
"I handle my household and the people that work for me. I make my grocery list for the kitchen, pay my bills, do my finances and talk on the telephone," she said.
Hare will celebrate her centenniel with family at a restaurant in Chula Vista.