Oprah's Mom, Vernita Lee, Dies at Age 83

27 November, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Oprah Winfrey  Mother Vernita Lee passed away on Thanksgiving

The teen-who was secretly pregnant at the time-was then sent to live with her father.

Winfrey previously released a statement about her mother on Twitter, along with a picture of the two.

A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on November 22.

Lee had already been laid to rest in a private funeral, a spokesperson for Winfrey told media.

No other details were given.

Lee was a single mother when she gave birth to Oprah in MS in 1954. She moved to Milwaukee at age 6 to live with her mother, whom she didn't know.

The mother of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has passed away.

Lee's son, Jeffrey Lee, died in 1989, and her other daughter, Patricia Lee Lloyd, passed away in 2003.

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In a 2007 interview with Milwaukee TV station TMJ4, Lee recalled her relationship with her daughter. The family directed memorials to Feeding America in Lee's name.

Winfrey has been open about the rough relationship she had with her mother early on, though the two became closer in later years.

Oprah's niece made the announcement on Facebook, writing, "I lost my lovely grandma on Thanksgiving".

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned". She moved to Milaukee to work as a housemaid, leaving the future Queen of Media to be cared for by her grandmother.

"I loved her the way that she loves people now", Lee said of their bond. I don't know anybody.

TMZ reports Vernita died on Thanksgiving.

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