GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people waited in line for an hour or more to pay their respects to the late Lucimarian Roberts, a leader on Mississippi's Gulf Coast for more than 40 years and the mother of ABC's "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts.

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home employees tell the Sun-Herald  that at least 700 people came to the wake Tuesday evening.

A private funeral is scheduled Wednesday, with burial at the Biloxi National Cemetery next to her husband, Col. Lawrence Roberts, who died in 2004.

Lucimarian Roberts was the first black to serve as chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Education.

She died Thursday at her home in Pass Christian at age 88.

Her children also include New Orleans anchor Sally-Ann Roberts of WWL-TV.

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2 thoughts on “Hundreds Pay Respect to Robin Roberts’ Mother

  1. Zabadread on said:

    my heart and prayers go out to you Mrs Roberts and your entire family your truly a blessing to us all and we all wish you nothing but the best

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