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

Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee dies aged 83 on Thanksgiving Day

Although Oprah may be the mother to us all, she has her own mom too, named Vernita Lee, and she passed away on Thanksgiving day at the age of 83. Due to this, Oprah lived with and was raised by her maternal grandmother for the beginning of her life and moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother when she turned six.

Vernita is survived by her daughters Oprah and Patricia, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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

Lee later appeared on Winfrey's talk show in 1990, where her personal stylist gave her a makeover.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oprah and her family during this hard time.

Memorial donations can be made in Vernita's name to Feeding America.

An official obituary explained that Vernita died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to Milwaukee at age 6 to live with her mother, whom she didn't know.

Vernita Lee, the mother of Oprah Winfrey, has died aged 83.

She added: 'I lost my lovely grandma on Thanksgiving.

Reps for Oprah confirmed the news to Metro.co.uk with a statement, that also revealed Vernita has already been laid to rest.

Vernita Lee, center, with her daughters Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, left, and Oprah Winfrey, right, at Vernita's 80th birthday party. Oprah had not met her half-sister Patricia until 2010 and said she was shocked to learn about her long-lost sibling.

When asked the moment she felt the most pride for Winfrey's achievements, she cited the star's multi-Oscar nominated film The Colour Purple.



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