Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving, family says

27 November, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee dies aged 83 on Thanksgiving Day

However due to long separation, Oprah had a rocky relationship with her mother which eventually got better.

Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, died at her Milwaukee home last week, her family announced Monday.

Vernita did not raise Oprah for the first part of her life, as the presenter went to live with her maternal grandmother in rural MS after Vernita moved to Milwaukee to work as a housemaid. While one might think Oprah is always hustling, never worrying about others, she is, in fact, one of the biggest contributors to charity in the world.

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A spokesperson for Oprah said her mother was already laid to rest, People magazine reported.

She is survived by Winfrey and another daughter who she gave up for adoption shortly after birth, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee. She could not raise Oprah, herself, as she moved to Milwaukee to work as a housemaid. Winfrey spent her childhood traveling between her mom, dad and grandparents' homes. "I loved her the way that she loves people now".

Lee was born in 1935 in MS and gave birth to Oprah in 1954.

TMZ reports Vernita died on Thanksgiving. She moved to Milwaukee at age 6 to live with her mother, whom she didn't know. "I don't really even know my mother", Winfrey told Huffington Post in a 2015 interview. Winfrey was raised living between her mum, father Vernon Winfrey, and grandmother throughout her life.

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