Gratha Jean Silberstein
June 25, 1932 –
January 9, 2022
Gratha Jean Silberstein, 89, from Norman died Sunday January 9 in Norman.
Ms. Silberstein was born on June 6, 1932 in Panther, West Virginia, to Ted Justice and Gredith Lockhart. She left West Virginia at a young age and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she was a hairdresser and waitress. She met her husband Fred B. Silberstein in Columbus, and they moved to Morgantown, West Virginia where he briefly taught sociology at the university. Jean (as she liked to be called) and Fred moved to Norman in 1965 with their 3 year old son Michael.
Jean Silberstein has been a committed and politically active Democrat her entire life. She was a key player in the fight for the passage of equal rights legislation in Oklahoma and a dedicated member of the National Women’s Organization. She has been involved in local and national politics most of her life and has held senior positions in several campaigns. She was also instrumental in getting the Oklahoma legislature to pass special education laws in Oklahoma and enforce related federal regulations. From school administrators and local authorities to state politicians, Jean Silberstein’s name has become synonymous with fierce and passionate political activism.
Jean was as passionate a mother and grandmother as she was a political activist. She spent most of her time trying to improve the lives of those close to her, and will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother.
Ms. Silberstein was predeceased by her husband Fred B. Silberstein.
Ms. Silberstein is survived by her son, Michael David Silberstein of Lancaster, PA and grandson Christopher Robin Silberstein of Oklahoma City, OK.
Published on January 12, 2022