November 9, 1921 – October 10, 2019
Age 97 passed away peacefully while receiving excellent care through the staff at The Willows, Spring Arbor Assisted Living Center and Southern Care Hospice. Ms. Sotomayor was a devoted Christian woman who loved the Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout her life, she used her many talents to support, teach and mentor others spiritually and professionally. Ms. Sotomayor was born on 11/09/1921 in Las Marias, Puerto Rico to Valentine and Perfecta (Morales) Sotomayor. She was raised with four sisters and two brothers in Las Marias, San Sabastian, and Mayaguez Puerto Rico and graduated college with a degree in nursing. She married her husband Jay C. Roxberry in 1945, who was returning home from service in World War II. She moved with him to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1946. They moved with their two boys, John and Michael, to Detroit Michigan in 1950 where Mr. Roxberry found work with General Motors. In the 1950’s, Ms. Sotomayor worked as a secretary for George Romney while he was president of American Motors Corp and later started her career in public service as a psychiatric nurse and counselor at the Detroit House of Corrections. In 1959, Ms. Sotomayor began a social work position with the Wayne County Dept. of Social Service and eventually became a supervisor, section manager, manager. She retired in 1988 as Director of the Redford District with Wayne County Dept. of Social Services. Throughout her public service career, Ms. Sotomayor was a social activist within the Latino community in Southwest Detroit. She was a founding member of LA SED, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development. Following retirement, Ms. Sotomayor returned to Puerto Rico for approximately five years before moving to Cocoa, Florida for the majority of her retirement. In 2006 due to declining health, Ms. Sotomayor joined her son and daughter in law Michael and Pamela Roxberry in Michigan and resided in Spring Arbor Michigan until her death. Ms. Sotomayor was loved by countless family and friends. She is survived by her son Michael (Pamela) Roxberry, Grandchildren: Elizabeth Roxberry, Benjamin Roxberry, Maureen Roxberry, Barbara (Matthew) Maged, Carmen Richardson, and Colin (Bailey) Treacher. Great Grandchildren: Rilyn Allen, Elizabeth Maged, Gracie and John Richardson. She is also survived by four sisters: Rosa Elena, Blanca Pattison, Gloria Rose, and Elba Velez. There are many extended family members including cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friend Marina Planas. Ms. Sotomayor was preceded in death by her husband Jay C Roxberry, one son John C. Roxberry, her parents Valentine and Perfecta (Morales) Sotomayor, brothers Valentine and Miguel Angel. Family will greet relatives and friends during visitation at Calvary United Methodist Church 925 Backus Street, Jackson Michigan 49201 from 10:00 am to 11:00am on Saturday, October 19, 2019. A funeral service will be held at the church at 11:00 am. Internment will be at Spring Arbor Cemetery on M-60 in Spring Arbor, Michigan at 2:00pm. Memorial contributions may be sent on Ms. Sotomayor’s behalf to LA SED (a non-profit 501c3 agency) at 4138 W. Vernor Hwy. Detroit, Michigan 48209. Memorial envelopes will also be available at the church. www.patience-montgomery.com Patience-Montgomery Funeral Home 406 First St. Jackson, Michigan 49201
- Visitation Saturday, October 19, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, October 19, 2019
Laura Velez Gonzalez
October 17, 2019
Titi Margo, we loved you so very much, and always will. You were a "Boss Lady" before it was a thing. You were also a second mother to my Abuela Bin. She still tells the stories of how you used to curl her hair with sugar water, and how protective you were over her. You never hesitated to open the doors of your home to my family. You were kind and giving while also being a pillar of strength and knowledge. You loved the Lord and know you're with him now. Thank you for how much you loved all us sobrinos.
To Michael, Pam, and los Nietos: We're all praying for you during this difficult time. Con mucho amor y un abrazo fuerte - Laura Velez Gonzalez
October 12, 2019
Grandma, your time with us has come to an end and I'm still trying for this to sink in. You were so full of life that you seemed at times to be immortal. Living so far away I just always think of you being there no matter what. Now what we have are those memories...and oh how grand they are!! My childhood was made a little brighter by you. My adulthood has been so enriched because you were a part of who I am today. I wish you could have met your new great grandchild Elizabeth. It's sad she will not have those special moments and gifts from you that many of us have been so privileged to know. I will always hold our times together so dear. I'll sing my childhood songs from you with Elizabeth and enjoy watching her excitement as I'm sure you felt with me. God bless you and those you held dear in heaven. Your peace has truly come and we all know your looking down on us with love.
October 11, 2019
A beautiful woman, and the best cook in the world. I remember spending many weekends at her house in Detroit when I was a young girl, going to visit her friends (she had many), cooking, eating, having fellowship at her church, doing her hair, more cooking, more eating...
She will be missed by so many. She lived an incredibly blessed life, and will be remembered with lots of love.
Love you, Grandma, come see me anytime! XOXO