Transcript for Remembering Robin Roberts' Mother Lucimarian Roberts
Now, we want to remember a beloved member of our "gma" family. Robin's mother, lucimarian roberts passed away overnight. She has touched so many here at abc. Including her friend, diane sawyer. And so much we love about robin comes from her mom. It is true. Magic. True magic when she walked in the room, lucimarian. And robin knew, her heavenly instincts tell her when she needs to be with her family. These kids are kids of two extraordinary parents. A father of such courage and strength. And lucimarian, who knew something joyful was going to happen the minute you said hello. If you've ever looked at robin and wondered the source of that incredible power and grace and strength, look no further than her parents. Including her mother, lucimarian. Lucimarian tolliver roberts, had a light shine straight through her. Light that showed a community the porngs of learning and reading. She was the first african-american to head mississippi's board of education. You have heard my moan. Come near. Comfort me. Reporter: And how she loved the written word. Poetry, and the joy of song. She even recorded a cd of hymns for her family, as a gift last year. ♪ Oh, how ♪ Reporter: She was all watchful love. And she knew how to pick a husband. For 57 years, lieutenant colonel lawrence roberts, a tuskegee airman in 1947. A mother of four who taught her children discipline, self-respect. And she had a spiritual power that could not be shaken by a storm. During hurricane katrina, she kept her family steady. And when the hurricane decimated their hometown of pass christian -- what we can rebuild and do, I'm with my mother right here, who has a he here in pass christian. Reporter: Her faith helped hold the family and so many people on the gulf coast together, steady. And so many times, she joined robin on "good morning america," over these past years. And age simply could not dim her radiance. Her dedication to faith. Let me ask you this, mom. Has this challenged your faith? Oh, no. It hasn't challenged my faith. In fact, I think my faith grows stronger. When you're still, there is a realization that you're never alone and that even though you're in the winter of your life, spring follows winter. Reporter: Together, they wrote a book, the words of a hymn, "my story, my song." ♪ Reporter: And even on the days she was in pain -- ♪ there was the piano. It was a childhood mentor who encouraged her to sing in a recital. It helped raise money for her tuition. The first person in her family to go to college. ♪ You're never left alone to bury all ♪ Reporter: Wherever she went, she left the light and the music. And it was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Of course, being robin, she would roll her eyes when her co-anchor and her mother started singing hymns, walking down the street, which we did all the time. Even down fifth avenue. That's right. You talked about robin's heavenly instincts. She knew where she had to be yesterday. She did. And she was there to hold hands, where she should be. And she said good-bye to all of us, for just a little bit. A farewell. She'll be back very soon, we all know that, after her treatment. We want to share something that she shared with all of us here at "gma," after we went off the air. I love you all. You are -- you're in great hands. And when I come back, oh, my goodness, I cannot wait. And I just want to thank you from the bottom of my quivering heart. Life is a journey. It's not a destination. And with that, she was gone. She saw those scenes of pass christian flooded yesterday, briefly worried how she might get home. But again, make it home, she did. In time to see her mother. And she will make it back here, as well.
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