The reason for Roberts' early departure from GMA was to say goodbye to her ailing mom.

Aug, 31, 2012

Robin Roberts began her leave from Good Morning America a day early so she could fly home to Mississippi to be with her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, who passed away Thursday at the age of 88.

Roberts' co-anchor George Stephanopoulos announced the sad news on GMA this morning. "Robin did make it to say goodbye," he said.

In a note passed around to ABC staff, Roberts is said to have traveled to the storm-damaged town of Gulfport, Mississippi, making her way through "flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved Mother in time to see her."

The first African-American leader of Mississippi's Board of Education, Lucimarian "loved the written word and the poetry and joy of song," according to the note circulated to ABC staffers. "She even recorded a CD of hymns for her family as a gift last year." Mother and daughter once collaborated on a book called My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.

Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, is on an extended medical leave from GMA, for treatment of the rare bone marrow disorder MDS. 

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