San Fernando resident Ruth Zamora was born on July 4, 1923. She not only turned 100 but her family says she’s lived in the City of San Fernando for 100 years. She was also among the women trailblazers in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Ambulance Corp which under President Franklin D. Roosevelt was part of the United States Army. Zamora assisted the soldiers as they were discharged from the train during World World War II.
Zamora comes from a family of 12 siblings and was 3rd oldest of 11 girls and 1 boy.
She celebrated with her family with a huge patriotic birthday bash that hosted 70 guests including her 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
“She has been a loving caring grandmother and her grandchildren always made her face completely light up.”
She and her family have a long history in the city of San Fernando and as a female business owner was ahead of her time. “She owned the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in the city of San Fernando in the 1950s and musician Ritchie Valens was her dishwasher. He would take the spoons and clack them like drums,” said daughter Sylvia Zamora Suarez.
“My mother also owned Zamora’s Mexican Restaurant Food in the late ’60s. Obviously, she was a great cook.”