Friday 10 July, 2020

Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

Oprah Winfrey has thanked fans and well-wishers for their condolences following her mother's death. 

A spokeswoman for Oprah Winfrey issued a statement Monday saying Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, died at her Milwaukee home on November 22. A private funeral service was held.  She was 83.

No other details were provided.

Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954.  They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was six years old. She was featured getting a makeover on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1990.

Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren.  

She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.


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