By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Robin Roberts was scheduled to check into a New York hospital this week.
Instead, she's at home in Mississippi with family. Her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, died Thursday in Gulfport. She was 88.
In a note on the Good Morning America website posted Tuesday, Roberts thanked fans.
"I am overwhelmed with emotion from your kind, warm messages," she writes. "I find great comfort in knowing my mother lived an amazing life."
"To help me deal with my immense grief my family tells me momma gave me one final gift as her last act. She waited for me to get home on Thursday to say goodbye. She was there when I took my first breath and what a privilege to hold her sweet hand when she took her last breath.
"Momma knew she wasn't physically able to be with me for my bone marrow transplant. My siblings say mom wanted to spare me the agony it would have been if she had passed and I couldn't be there. That thought was weighing heavily on me.
"Momma found a way to be with me every step of the way on my journey. I am humbled by her selflessness.
"Today I was supposed to be admitted to the hospital...instead I am here in Mississippi standing proudly with my family as we honor our beloved mother and celebrate her life. When I return to NYC and walk through those hospital doors next week momma will be right there with me. Light, love and blessings to all...RR"