Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

Vernita Lee Mother Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey is mourning the loss of her mother who passed away on Thanksgiving.

A spokesperson for Oprah said her mother was already laid to rest, People magazine reported. No other details were provided. She moved to Milwaukee at age 6 to live with her mother, whom she didn't know.

Winfrey, who was raised by her grandmother in MS for the first few years of her life, has spoken about her strained relationship with her mother.

Aside from Winfrey, Lee is survived by daughter Patiricia Amanda Faye Lee, who she gave up for adoption in the 1960s. Lee's two other children, Jeffrey Lee and Patricia Lee Lloyd, died in 1989 and 2003, respectively.

The 64-year-old has been open about the hard relationship she had with her mother when she was young.




After sharing two Instagram videos on Thanksgiving, Winfrey had stayed quiet on social media.

Lee worked as a housekeeper throughout her life. "I loved her the way that she loves people now".

Oprah's niece made the announcement on Facebook, writing, "I lost my lovely grandma on Thanksgiving". "I don't remember ever shedding a tear about it because I knew that God was my father, Jesus was my brother, and they were with me".

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned".

"I was asking the question".

Reportedly, Vernita retired from a hospital dietitian job sometime after she reconnected with Oprah, moved into a luxury condo in Milwaukee and got a stipend from her famous daughter of $5k a month.

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