Aug. 13, 1938 – Nov. 17, 2021
Shirley Louann Cain, 83, Cicero, Ind., passed away Nov. 17, 2021 at Hooverwood Living in Indianapolis.
She was born Aug. 13, 1938 near Wolcott, Ind. to the late Edward and Iris (Farney) Lehman.
She was raised on a dairy farm with five brothers and three sisters. She attended schools in Walcott, Indiana and graduated from Wolcott High School with the Class of 1957. She then furthered her education earning a BS and a MS degree in education from Indiana University. Mrs. Cain then proceeded to teach science classes at Kokomo middle schools for thirty years.
She married Jon David Cain on Feb. 14, 1981 and together they had a very rich, fulfilling life. In addition to teaching, she also sold real estate on a part time basis. She learned the art of basket making and that resulted in her teaching basket making classes. She also enjoyed woodworking and made many beautiful heirloom pieces. In her spare time she loved to do needlepoint, crochet, make her own candles and work with stained glass.
She and Jon were Advanced Master Gardeners and that resulted in them creating outstanding landscapes and planting hundreds of trees, shrubs and flower beds.
Living in the country, she and Jon also had a large garden and from that garden Mrs. Cain canned and froze much of the produce. They were also beekeepers and that became a small business as they eventually packaged and sold approximately 400 pounds of honey each year. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were very special to them and she and Jon served their family with bountiful meals that included food from their garden.
Mrs. Cain and her husband were very active in their church, mission work, Habitat for Humanity and Wheeler Mission. They were a very giving couple and assisted many that were in need. They were members of Grace Community Church and Genesis Church, both of Noblesville.
Survivors include her sons, Jeffrey Justice of Coldwater, Mich., Gerry Justice of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mickey Justice of Elwood, Ind.; step children, Melissa (Cain) Justice of Indianapolis, Ind., Jeffrey Cain of Portland, Ind. and David Cain of Farmington N.M.; brothers, Russell Lehman of Solon, Iowa, Harold Lehman of Wolcott, Ind. and Nathan Lehman of Bloomington, Ill.; sisters, Mary Baumgartner of Bluffton, Ind., Marjean Dawson of Peoria, Ill. and Annetta Rodkey of Danville, Ind.; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Justice; and her beloved husband, Jon who just passed away Oct. 26.
Funeral services are scheduled on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Noon at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street in Cicero, Ind. with burial to follow at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Arcadia, Ind. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950.
Online condolences at: www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.