Oprah Winfrey’s mom, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day

Oprah Winfrey’s mom, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day

Oprah Winfrey’s mom, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day

Oprah has made no mention of the death on her social media handles.

After several other details were revealed regarding their strained relationship, which spanned years, Oprah and her mother eventually repaired things, with Vernita appearing on her talk show in 1990 where the mogul's personal stylist gave her a makeover. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Lee, 83, died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving, a spokesperson for the family tells "Good Morning America".

A rep for Oprah confirmed to the magazine that a private funeral service has been held for Lee, and that she has been laid to rest.

Lee gave birth to Oprah at the age of 14, shortly after meeting Winfrey's father.

In addition to Winfrey, Lee leaves behind daughter Patricia Amada Faye Lee, whom she'd given up for adoption but later reconnected with.


Lee is survived by her daughters as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. "This is your opportunity to seize this moment and make something of your life.' And I took that chance and understood for myself-even though I didn't have the words to articulate it-'Now I know better, so I can do better'".

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me".

In a 2007 television interview with Milwaukee station WTMJ, Lee said, "I knew Oprah was going to be something". "I was asking the question. what is a mother?"

The talk show host posted two videos on her Instagram page from Thanksgiving.

The 64-year-old has been open about the hard relationship she had with her mother when she was young. "I loved her the way that she loves people now".

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