Mattie M. Cain was born on April 22, 1925 in Carroll County, Mississippi on her parents’ farm. The first of five children born to the late Yancy J. Cain and Ladye E. Glover, Mattie was nicknamed “Sister” to ensure her younger siblings knew she was their sister, not their mother. As the oldest, she helped her mother with the youngest children and everything else she could.
Mattie married Ralph James and gave birth to two (2) children. After she divorced, Mattie met and married Crawford “Red” McIntosh and moved to Vaiden. Mattie transferred membership from Sand Hill United Methodist Church to Vaiden’s Haven United Methodist Church. She was a faithful, active member for many years until she could no longer attend due to her health and entry into the Vaiden Community Living Center.
Mattie believed in service to her fellow human and was a major volunteer in her church and community. She was shy and humble to a fault. After her husband passed, she lived in the family home continuing to cross-stitch, participating in community events and organizations, and being busier than most ladies half her age.
Mattie loved her home and took meticulous care of it. This vibrant, busy woman was slowly taken away by Alzheimer’s Disease. Her family soon moved her to Ohio’s Urbana and Health Rehab to be closer to them.
Late evening Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, Mattie passed from this life with us to be with our Father. In death, she joins Crawford (d.1986), her daughter – Vivian James Simpson (d.2015), her brother – James Cain (d.2002), and her sister – Vivian Laverne Cain LaGrange (d.1983), and her parents.
Remaining to mourn and honor Mattie are her son, Paul, son-in-law, Clifford Simpson, and her sisters, Earlyne Cain Smith and Evelyne Cain Jones, her granddaughters, Paula James, Nicole Spears and Shannon Celestine, her nephews, Mark Smith and James Russell Hill, and nieces, Marilyn Frazier Allmond, Fayette McIntosh, and Earline Hodges. Along with her great-grandchild, Dominique Spears, are many other family members, close friends, and community members in mourning. Mattie will be missed and long remembered.
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