Robin Roberts Gets Home in Time to Say Goodbye to Her Mother
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts decided to begin her leave of absence one day earlier than scheduled. That same day, her mother Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts died at the age of 88.
Roberts wanted to spend time with her ailing mother before she began her own medical struggle. Roberts will soon undergo a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.
On Thursday’s show, Roberts told viewers that she wanted to leave one day early to spend time with her mother who was suffering from her own medical issues. She flew to Mississippi that day and was able to say goodbye before her mother passed away.
Her co-anchor George Stephanopoulos told viewers that Roberts “wanted to get home a little early to say goodbye to her mom. She made it home just in time.”
Diane Sawyer reported that ”She was there to hold hands” before her mother passed.
Stephanopoulos described Lucimarian Roberts as a “woman filled with so much joy.”
The elder Roberts collaborated with her daughter on the book My Story, My Song— Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith. She was also the first African-American to head Mississippi’s board of education.