Lucimarian Roberts, 88, Mother of ABC News Host

This 2006 photo released by ABC shows “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, right, with her mother Lucimarian Roberts on the set in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik).

Lucimarian Roberts, the mother of Robin Roberts, the co-host of “Good Morning America,” died last week in Gulfport, Miss., just hours after Ms. Roberts began a medical leave for a bone marrow transplant. “Robin arrived home with her sister, Sally-Ann, forging through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved mother in time to see her,” Tom Cibrowski, a senior executive producer of “Good Morning America,” said in an e-mail to the entire news division on Thursday. The Mississippi area was dealing with flooding from the effects of Hurricane Isaac. In the 1980s, Lucimarian Roberts was the first African American to serve as chairwoman of the Mississippi State Board of Education. She made many appearances on her daughter’s program and collaborated with her on a book titled “My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.” Robin Roberts’s departure from “Good Morning America” had been set for Friday. But in a last-minute change of plans, she told her viewers she was leaving a day early to visit her ailing mother. Besides her daughters Robin and Sally-Ann, Lucimarian Roberts is survived by another daughter, Dorothy; a son, Lawrence Jr.; and eight grandchildren. Her husband, Col. Lawrence E. Roberts, died in 2004. He was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, an Army Air Corps unit. He also served in Vietnam, where he was awarded one of his three Legion of Merit medals.
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