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Robin Roberts' Mother Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts Dies At 88

Robin Roberts had an intuitive sense to leave her chair at Good Morning America one day earlier to see her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts.

Tolliver Roberts, 88, an extremely accomplished and courageous woman, was the first African American to run the Mississippi Board of Education, in addition to serving for a time as the director of New Orleans branch of the Federal Reserve.

It was because of her mother’s sickness that Roberts left “Good Morning America” a day before her medical leave was officially supposed to start. On Friday’s program, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos announced that her mother had died.

“Robin did make it [home to Mississippi], to say goodbye,” he said.

Tom Cibrowski, senior executive producer of Good Morning America, distributed a note to staff members Thursday night about “Robin’s beautiful and inspiring mother” in which he wrote, “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.”

The message also stated: “It has always been clear where Robin got her strength, faith and spirit. You didn’t need to look far.”



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