Soledad O'Brien mourns mom's death 40 days after dad's in the most moving post

Sonja Haller
The former CNN anchor announced her mother died on Monday. On Twitter, she wrote about her parents' interracial marriage and touted her mom's wisdom.
Soledad O’Brien is mourning the loss of both her parents.

Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien has lost both her parents within two months time.

O'Brien announced the death of her mother, Estela, on Twitter Monday in a stunning photo salute, that also included the news that her father had died 40 days earlier. Soledad’s father, Edward, died in February at age 85.

"She was a pretty remarkable lady," the journalist wrote. "An immigrant from Cuba, she lived with the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore during college. Here (on the left) she is in Cuba in the 1930s."

Another picture in the Twitter thread shows O'Brien as an infant with her mother and father. When her parents married, "mixed race marriages were illegal in Maryland in 1959," she wrote. By the time she was born, the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned the ban on interracial marriage.

O'Brien touted her mother's accomplishments after leaving Cuba and her no-nonsense wisdom that she wishes every working woman knew.

"She learned two more languages fluently — English and French, and became an educator," she said. 

Her mother and father sent all six kids to college, and many to grad school. 

Over the years, her mother's pithy sayings have served her well. 

"She was pretty awesome," O'Brien wrote. "But mostly I wish lots of young, working women had access to her wisdom. 'Everyone gets the same 24 hours. Decide how you'll spend yours'. 'Take 24 hours to sit in bed and cry..then stop complaining and make a list and plan your comeback.'"


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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Soledad O'Brien mourns mom's death 40 days after dad's in the most moving post