BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A woman of incredible faith, spirit and strength was laid to rest Wednesday. Mrs. Lucimarian Roberts was buried alongside her beloved husband, Larry, at the Biloxi National Cemetery.
Mrs. Roberts, who gave so much to the place that she called home for the past four decades, passed away last week at the age of 88.
Before the burial, a private service was held for family and close friends at the Roberts' family church, The Old Town Presbyterian Church in Bay St. Louis.
The small sanctuary was filled with people. The Roberts children, all of whom spoke at the service, said they wanted to think of this as a "Homecoming Celebration" of an extraordinary life.
Lucimarian's youngest daughter, Robin, was the first family member to speak. She looked around the sanctuary, and began by simply saying to everyone, "Thank you all, for loving my Mom."
Later, she said that although her mom is not physically here anymore, she knows her spirit will be with her as she prepares for a life saving bone marrow transplant.
Several of Robin's colleagues from ABC News were also in the sanctuary, including World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer and former news anchor Charlie Gibson.
Sally-Ann Roberts sang one of her mother's favorite hymns and talked about how blessed she was to have such a wonderful mother.
Children Dorothy and Butch even had those in the sanctuary chuckling when they talked of their mom's determination and stubborn streak. Dorothy became emotional when she read from a letter she wrote for her mom's recent book.
Despite having spent decades in the South, the family also spoke of how Lucimarian never looked at the color of your skin, all she ever saw was your heart. No one had a bigger one than Mrs. Roberts.
Even in the twilight of her life, she told her family that she did not fear death, because she knows it is just another journey.
Our WLOX family and the entire Mississippi Coast will miss Lucimarian, her friendly smile and warm touch. One thing we know for sure is that there is another angel in heaven, and her name is Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts.