Vernita Lee, Mother Of Oprah Winfrey, Is Dead At 83

Eloise Marshall
November 27, 2018

During her time on this earth, Oprah has donated more money to charity than any other African-American, other than Michael Jackson.

Winfrey has yet to address her mother's death. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

A statement said: "The family of Vernita Lee are saddened to share of her passing on November 22, 2018 at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin".

Lee has reportedly already been laid to rest and a private memorial service has been held for her.

No other details were given.

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oprahtbtA old photo of Oprah Winfrey when she work for WJZ-TV Eyewitness news. "It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace", the 64-year-old wrote. She put another daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, up for adoption during the early 1960s.

The 64-year-old has been open about the hard relationship she had with her mother when she was young. She has not been active on social media since.

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned". "The wonder of that, the magical mystery of that, is what carried me when I was separated from my grandmother and sent to live with my mother", the star recalled. "I made the decision to give her up because I was unable to totally take care of her". "I don't remember ever shedding a tear about it because I knew that God was my father, Jesus was my brother, and they were with me". "I was asking the question ... what is a mother?" Vernita passed away on Thanksgiving Day.

Emotions remained raw for Oprah when she described her childhood during one of her last shows, telling her audience, "I was a lonely little girl".

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