*Hours after “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts said goodbye to her co-workers and audience one day before her scheduled departure to start medical leave for a bone marrow transplant, her mother passed away in Mississippi.
Jeffrey W. Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News, said 88-year-old Lucimarian Roberts died Thursday night, reports the Associated Press.
ABC’s Facebook page said Robins traveled “home to Mississippi just in time to see her.”
Friday was supposed to be Robin Roberts’ last day before medical leave, but in a last-minute change of plans she told her viewers she was leaving a day early to visit her ailing mother.
WABC-TV said Lucimarian Roberts was the first African-American to head Mississippi’s board of education. She also collaborated with her daughter on a book titled, “My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.”
Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts served as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in New Orleans and was a board member for numerous organizations. She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where she earned a scholarship from the publishers of the Akron Beacon Journal and became the first person in her family to attend college.
She graduated from Howard University in 1946 and married Lawrence Roberts, a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, with whom she raised four children.