Oprah Winfrey’s Mom Dead at 83

Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee dies aged 83 on Thanksgiving Day

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Vernita Lee, the mother of TV personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, died at the age of 83, according to reports on November 26.

No other details were given. Vernita gave birth to the future TV legend in MS when she was just 14. She left Oprah behind in MS when she moved to Milwaukee.

On the same day that her mother passed away, Winfrey shared an Instagram video of her preparing for her Thanksgiving festivities. The spokesperson added that she was preceeded in death by her son, Jeffrey Lee (1960-1989) and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd (1959-2003). She is survived by her daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made in Vernita's name to Feeding America.

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

Winfrey recalled a favorite story about her mother during a 2003 visit to the city of Pewaukee.

Oprah said her relationship with her mother was always rough. But she subsequently moved to Milwaukee to become a maid, meaning the American icon was raised by her grandmother. "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".

oprahtbt2An old photo of Oprah Winfrey hangs at WJZ-TV studios in Baltimore.

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned". Speaking at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual Freedom Fund dinner, she said her best Christmas ever was in Milwaukee when she was 12.

"I was asking the question".

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