Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies in Milwaukee home at 83

Calvin Saunders
November 27, 2018

Vernita Lee, the mother of Oprah Winfrey, has died aged 83. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Winfrey has yet to publicly speak on her mother's death, but members of the family confirmed that Lee died in her home in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving Day.

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

No other details were given. Lee is survived by Winfrey and daughter Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, who she gave up for adoption at birth. She moved to Milwaukee and worked as a housekeeper, with Winfrey's maternal grandmother raising her until she was six years old. Her other two children, Jeffrey, and Patricia Lee died back in 1989 and 2003, respectively.

She was predeceased by her son Jeffrey Lee and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd.

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Mourned: The death was announced by Oprah's niece, Alisha, who shared this picture and wrote: 'I lost my lovely grandma on Thanksgiving.We will miss her and will carry on her legacy of good eatin!

Oprah Winfrey's mum is dead. Sources said that "even though she didn't have the best relationship with Vernita, her passing was really devastating for her". "I was asking the question. what is a mother?"

According to TMZ, which first reported the news, she and Oprah reportedly had a hard relationship as the TV mogul was raised by her maternal grandmother until the age of six while Lee worked as a housemaid in Milwaukee. When she moved in with her mother, she says Lee was a total stranger to her.

She is survived by her daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

While the private funeral has already been held, the family have requested donations be made to Feeding America in her name.

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