Hundreds pay respects to Robin Roberts’ mother

Robin Roberts (r) with her mother Lucimarian Roberts in 2006. / ABC photo
This 2006 photo released by ABC shows "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts, right, with her mother Lucimarian Roberts on the set in New York. Lucimarian Roberts, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. ABC's Facebook page said Robins traveled "home to Mississippi just in time to see her." Mrs. Roberts was the first African-American to head Mississippi's board of education./AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik

GULFPORT, Miss. — 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.

— Associated Press