Co-host of “Good Morning America”, Robin Robert’s mother, Lucimarian Roberts passed away one day after the co-host of the show announced that she was going on a leave for transplant of bone marrow. Senior vice president, ABC News, Jeffrey W. Schneider said that the 88 year old lady passed away in Gulfport, Mississippi last Thursday night. Roberts’ death was also announced on GMA this Friday morning.
Tom Cibrowski, Senior Executive of GMA, stated that the co-host of the famous show reached home accompanied by Sally-Ann, her sister, dodging blocked roads and flood, just to see her mother. He said this in an email that was sent to the entire division this Thursday evening. The entire area of Mississippi has been dealing with the flood that was caused due to Hurricane Isaac. Lucimarian Roberts made multiple appearances on “Good Morning America” over many years.
She was considered as one of the icons of Gulf Coast for over 40 years. She was one of the first black women to have worked with local and state agencies and organizations, and very soon she became very popular for her knack of getting things done. Roberts was also the first ever black woman to be chairman of Mississippi State Board of Education back in 1980s. She was also a lady of art and had great interest in music and poetry.
Lucimarian Roberts wrote a book with her daughter titled “My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.” In the book she wrote that she sang because church’s music spoke the language of her soul and all the songs were woven tightly in the texture of what and who she was. Cibrowski said that Roberts also came up with a CD last year as a gift for the family. He added that the family gathered at Pass Christian, Mississippi and organized a private service.
She passed away the same day as the one when Roberts waved goodbye to her audience and colleagues before leaving for medical leave. One of the morning anchors at WWL-TV, New Orleans, Sally-Ann is said to be donating her sister her own bone marrow. Departure of Roberts was scheduled for Friday but in a sudden change in her plans she told everyone that she had to leave earlier to pay a visit to her mother. As a status on Facebook, Robin Roberts wrote that Sally-Ann and herself reached Gulfport right in time to meet their mother before she passed away.