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Celina Baez Sotomayor (1927–2021), mother of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

by Linnea Crowther

Celina Baez Sotomayor was a registered nurse who was the mother of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Raising a Supreme Court Justice

A native of Puerto Rico, Sotomayor served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, later moving to New York City. She married after the war but was widowed when their two children were young. Sotomayor raised the children as a single mother, working first as a telephone operator and then earning her nursing degree and working as a registered nurse. Her children grew up to become a Supreme Court justice and a physician.

For more information or to share condolences in the Guest Book, please visit the obituary for Celina Baez Sotomayor in the Sun-Sentinel.

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