Who Is Vernita Lee? Oprah Winfrey's Mother Dies at 83

Vernita Lee center with her daughters Patricia Amanda Faye Lee left and Oprah Winfrey right at Vernita's 80th birthday party

Years later, they patched things up, with Lee appearing from time to time on her daughter's talk show.

Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in MS in 1954. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Lee - who had the TV icon with Vernon Winfrey - passed away on Thanksgiving at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. A Winfrey spokeswoman issued a statement, today, saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on November 22.

A spokesperson for Winfrey said a private funeral had already taken place. No other details were provided. She left Oprah behind in MS when she moved to Milwaukee. She put another daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, up for adoption during the early 1960s.

'Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)'.

Lee is survived by her daughters as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Vernita Lee poses for
Vernita Lee poses for

Winfrey hasn't commented herself on social media about the loss, but did give fans a look inside her holiday festivities last week. When she was 6 years old, she moved north to Milwaukee to live with her mother, who worked as a housekeeper.

Winfrey has always been outspoken about the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother when she was young.

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned".

Vernita explained that she never told Oprah about her half-sister "because I thought it was a awful thing for me to do".

"I was asking the question".

The star said during an interview in 2015 that she felt as though there always was a God watching over her who loved her.

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