Lucimarian Roberts, mother of “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts died Aug. 30 in Gulfport, Miss., surrounded by her family.
News of the 88-year-old’s passing was announced on the show Aug. 31, and Roberts said she would take a planned medical leave from the show one day early to be with her family.
Lucimarian Roberts was known for her work in education, where she broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman to lead the Mississippi Board of Education, according to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV.
“I find great comfort in knowing my mother lived an amazing life,” Roberts said on her ABC News blog Sept. 4. “She was there when I took my first breath and what a privilege to hold her sweet hand when she took her last breath.”
“Momma found a way to be with me every step of the way on my journey. I am humbled by her selflessness,” she said.
Robin Roberts had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or MDS, earlier this year. The disease affects the bone marrow and can develop on its own or, as in Roberts’ case, arise after certain procedures to battle cancer.
Roberts was told she had MDS as a result of the treatment she used to successfully rid her body of breast cancer. According to her blog, Roberts was due to check into a New York hospital during the week of Sept. 3 for a bone marrow transplant from her sister.