Bella Rind just celebrated her 103rd birthday in a North London care home, with three generations of her family.
Born in the East End, Mrs. Rind attended Stepney Jewish School before going to work at 14 as a seamstress in a dressmaker’s. Bella went on to serve as a cook in the army, and her husband passed away in 1995 after over 50 years of marriage.
According to the website of the Borehamwood & Elstree Times, Doreen, her daughter-in-law said, “Bella has a marvellous memory and looks fantastic. Her hairdresser Terry, comes to do her hair each week as he has for 50 years, and every week her niece, Helen, makes sure she has a beautiful manicure.”
Bella has lived in the Jewish Care home for two years. With one son, two grandsons and two grandchildren, Bella lived a happy life and she has the good habit of looking on the funny side of herself. According to Bella, she feels happy and grateful to be living in a Jewish environment to feel safe. That may be her secret to being a centenarian.
“The shabbat service where I live really made me enjoy every day”, Bella said. These days, Bella likes to have the newspaper read to her, and it is hoped that the centenarian can live a happy life every day.