Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts. Sources close to the journalist said Robert’s 88-year old mother, Lucimarian Tolliver, passed away on Thursday.  ABC’s Facebook page said Robins traveled “home to Mississippi just in time to see her.”

The death came on the same day Roberts said goodbye to her co-workers and audience before starting medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.

Her departure had been set for Friday. But in a last-minute change of plans she told her viewers she was leaving a day early to visit her ailing mother.

Lucimarian Roberts was the first African-American to head Mississippi’s board of education. She also collaborated with her daughter on a book titled, “My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.”

We will continue to pray for the Roberts family!!