TROY — When Mabel Cain celebrated her 100th birthday in 2014, she said it was just another day. She never imagined she’d keep going to the age of 103.
“I never thought I’d make it to 100,” she said, adding, “I feel real good. There’s nothing wrong with me, I don’t think.”
She celebrated her 103rd birthday on Feb. 17, 2017.
While she said she has no secret to longevity aside from good luck, she said she tries to “take each day as it comes — and hope you can get through each one.”
“And just be good to everybody,” she advised.
She was born Mabel Earhart — a relation of the famous Amelia, she said — in 1914 just outside of Troy.
She was a member of the first class to attend school at Concord Elementary when it was built and graduated from Troy High School in 1932.
Mabel married her husband Ward Cain in 1938 and the couple had one daughter, Jody. She has two grandchildren, Eric and Jenny, as well as one great-grandchild, Noah.
“My family has just been wonderful,” she said.
The Cains enjoyed raising horses and went on to establish the first 4-H horse club in Miami County.
Mabel’s niece Nancy Nims said her family has fond memories of her cooking, something Mabel said she’s always loved to do. Nancy said that Mabel was whipping up big family dinners until just a few years ago when she moved to Caldwell House.
“Cookies were her specialty,” Nancy said.
At Caldwell House, where Mabel is a resident, she enjoys making cookies for the other residents.
Nancy also recalled that Mabel was very active in her community, volunteering at her church.
“She’s been a role model for the whole family,” Nancy said. “She has always had a positive, optimistic spirit.”
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