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Our thoughts and prayers are with ABC’s Good Morning America reporter Robin Roberts this morning, as it was reported that he mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, passed away at the age of 88.

STORY: Robin Roberts Diagnosed With Very Serious Disease 

Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts was the first African American to head Mississippi’s board of education.

As reported by ABC News:

Roberts exited ‘Good Morning America’ to have a bone-marrow transplant from her sister Sally-Ann Roberts.

Roberts traveled home to Mississippi and made her way through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved ailing mother just in time.

Robin Roberts’ last day on “Good Morning America” before leave was originally going to be Friday.

Robin Roberts told viewers in July that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia.

But looking further ahead, Roberts noted she is luckier than many workers who become ill. She says her bosses have been generous in giving her the needed time off, and her job is waiting for her when she’s well enough to return. She described herself as “very blessed.”

Roberts is a strong person and we know she’ll come out healthier than ever.

SOURCE: ABC News