Oprah Winfrey's Mother, Vernita Lee, Dead At 83

27 November, 2018, 09:41 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Patricia Amanda Faye Lee Vernita Lee Oprah Winfrey- Courtesy of the Lee Family

"It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace".

"Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee's passing", Winfrey wrote alongside a family photo. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

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

Lee's family told People Lee died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisc.

A spokesperson for Winfrey said a private funeral had already taken place.

No other details were given.

Lee is survived by her daughters, Oprah Winfrey and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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"She was 83 years old".

Oprah and her mother didn't always have the best relationship.

In the interview, Lee said she modeled the example of giving others love, which her daughter made a career of.

The 64-year-old has been open about the hard relationship she had with her mother when she was young. But she subsequently moved to Milwaukee to become a maid, meaning the American icon was raised by her grandmother. She has not been active on social media since.

Lee spoke with Milwaukee TV station TMJ4 about how she got through the deaths of two of her children.

During the sit-down, Vernita also opened up about losing two children, commenting, "I'm a Christian lady, and if you're a Christian person, it helps you to deal with situations like that".

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned". "I was asking the question. what is a mother?" Vernita had a son, named Jeffrey, who died in 1989 from AIDS.

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