Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts is remembered as a beloved military wife, mother, author and community leader on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Roberts’ inspirational memoir “My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Earth” details pivotal moments in her life and how her faith provided strength and hope to face numerous challenges. Robin Roberts, one of her four children, capped off each chapter with memories of her mother’s life.
She was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Akron, Ohio, and died Aug. 30, 2012, at her home in Pass Christian. She was married to U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Roberts for 57 years.
Roberts graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
In addition to her social work, she served as a college counselor and educator.
She was the first African-American to serve as chair of Mississippi’s Board of Education and worked with numerous community and civic organizations. She was chair of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission and served at one time on the Mississippi Power board of directors.
Roberts received many awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the 2011 NAACP Medgar Evers Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Mississippi Medal of Service.
She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, National Council of Negro Women and Harrison County Federation of Democratic Women.
Roberts loved the written word, poetry and joy of song. She recorded a CD of hymns for her family as a gift before her death.