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Isabelita Benavidez kneads dough for dinner on a recent day at her Las Vegas home. The 95-year-old says she still enjoys visiting with people. Because of her love of visiting, Isabelita said she would like being a greeter at a place like Walmart.
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A sprightly nonagenarian who just recently turned 95 has many interesting stories about her life as a mother of several, a schoolteacher and a hard worker who was never above performing menial tasks to support her family.

But to be complete, this story about Isabelita Benavidez needs to begin in the days of one-room schoolhouses, cars that were guaranteed to have blowouts, and times when a nickel or dime allowed people to buy things.