Ida Adams (nee Greenwood) was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, on 8 April 1881. She was the daughter of Richard Oates and Sarah Ann Greenwood. She married Percy John Adams in Halifax in 1902, and by 1911 they were living at 231 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, along with their two children – Beatrice Joan and Richard George.
From 10 January 1918 until 1 February 1919, she worked part-time in the British Red Cross Society Workrooms in Stafford. Her address then was given as Bakers Buildings, Tettenhall Road. Her husband, Percy, died in 1932, and by 1939 she was living with her now married daughter and husband at 19 Riley Crescent, Wolverhampton. Ida died in Wolverhampton in 1971.