The autumn leaves fluttered to the ground on November 26, 2013 as Ellen Silberstein took the hand of God. Her 87 years on earth were dedicated to serving her family, her faith and the needs of others. Born in Chico, Calif. to Lester and Hazel Hunting, she enjoyed dancing, piano, and was an excellent scholar graduating as Valedictorian of her class. Glen Annin captured her heart and they married in 1945 and two daughters blessed their family. Sadly, Glen died in 1949, but with her family's help, Ellen completed her degree at Chico State College and began her teaching career at Placer High in Auburn. In 1957, Ellen married Rev. Charles Silberstein and her life as a pastor's wife began serving United Methodist churches in Calif. and Nevada. They retired to Auburn and spent many years travelling prior to his death. Although Ellen was legally blind, she lived life to the fullest and had an attitude of "What Can I Do?" Her love for children was stitched into hundreds of Project Linus blankets and knit caps to warm little heads.
Daughters, Evelyn Lutz (Peter) of Napa and Jeannie Grider (Ron) of Orangevale have always known that their mother was extraordinary and were privileged to spend time traveling, sharing picnics and playing games. Ellen's legacy of family extends to her brother Robert Hunting (Nora), sister LeAnn Potter, four grandchildren, three great grandsons and two great granddaughters arriving in 2014 for whom she recorded a welcome message.
A memorial service will be held on Sat, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at Pioneer UMC Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn.
The Heifer Project was dear to Ellen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online at www.heifer.org or mailed to Heifer, 1 World Ave., Little Rock AR 72202. 855-948-6437.
Published in Auburn Journal from Dec. 5, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014