Jean L. Silsbee, 93, died peacefully at her home in Jupiter, Florida on March 23, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Robert L. Silsbee, her brother, Donald W. Drake and sister-in-law Win Drake and her parents, William J. Drake and Agnes M. Drake. Jean is survived by her children and spouses, Michael and Dawn Silsbee of Cary, NC, Peter and Deidre Silsbee of Brooklyn, Carrie and Richmond Ackerman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Eric Silsbee of Jupiter, FL. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Tiffany (Jamie), Allison (John), Cornelia, Hoxie, Nate, Daniel, and Felix; two great-grandchildren, Jacobson, and Huntington; sister, Sandra (Robert) Vaden of Sewell, NJ and several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins including Kate, Deb, Doug Drake, Amanda and Kelly Vaden, Calista Mowry, and Bruce Mellem. Jean was born on May 20, 1927 in Binghamton and graduated from North High School then graduated from the School of Nursing at Wilson Memorial Hospital in 1946. She married Robert L. Silsbee in August 1948 and worked as a nurse while her husband completed dental school. They lived in upstate New York for several years before moving to California. Upon returning to upstate New York, Jean worked at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton and at Carthage General Hospital in Carthage, NY. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at SUNY Utica in 1982 and moved to Florida where she was a nursing supervisor in the ER at Jupiter Hospital. In the workplace, she was known for her skilled nursing expertise and for her organizational competence. Through the years Jean also attended reunions and maintained contact with many friends from childhood through her professional life. Jean was dearly loved by her family because she was always ready to help with children, grandchildren, and nieces, planning special trips, family celebrations and outings, providing support, a listening ear, and a soothing voice. She was renowned for always remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. Her energy, thoughtfulness, and practical manner were remarkable. Jean enjoyed decorating, sewing, refinishing furniture, knitting sweaters, and crocheting prayer shawls. Now she is safely home with family who have gone before. She will be deeply missed but leaves behind many wonderful memories. A memorial service will be held 1:00pm June 19, 2021 at Root Funeral Home. Friends may call June 19 from 12:00 to 1:00pm at the funeral home.
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