INSPIRATIONAL Ida Cain finished third place in our competition...
The 96-year-old, who has battled cancer and the devastating loss of her husband and two of her children, was nominated by her daughter Sandra Turner for managing to keep hold of her love for life and acting as “the glue which holds the entire family together.”
Sandra, aged 60 from Kenilworth Road, Knowle, said: “She has always dedicated her life to her family and celebrated 70 years of marriage to my late father.
“The last few years have been sad as she lost my dad, the love of her life, four years ago and over the past three years has lost her son, daughter and grandson.
“It must be so difficult to outlive your children and we miss them so much. However she soldiers on because of her love for life and... always manages a laugh and a smile.”Born in Hockley in 1916, Mrs Cain was just 14 and working as a machinist at the Lucas factory, when she met future husband Ted.
Five years later they had just tied the knot and moved to Hall Green when Ted was called up to fight Germany’s Afrika Korps at Tobruk, Libya, in World War II while Ida was left raising two young babies during the Blitz.
“When the air raid alarms started, she would have to get them out of bed, into their pram and start running. It’s amazing what she went through,” added sheltered housing manager Sandra. “She is a remarkable person with great strength and a love of people, an inspiration to all who know her and we are very fortunate to still have her with us. She is most certainly my shining star.”
Ida, who had three daughters and a son, is also grandmother to nine, has eight great grandchildren and even five great, great grandchildren.