Oprah Winfrey's Mother, Vernita Lee, Dies at 83 26 November 2018

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

No other details were given. Lee gave birth to the future TV legend when she was just 14.

Winfrey has not commented publicly on her mother's death. The report notes she couldn't raise Oprah because she moved to Wisconsin to work as a housekeeper, leaving Oprah to be raised by her maternal grandmother.

"I loved her the way that she loves people now", she said, adding that her proudest moment was in 1985 when Winfrey "did the Color Purple".

It was while Winfrey was living with her mother that she was molested by her cousin and abused by her uncle.

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The star said during an interview in 2015 that she felt as though there always was a God watching over her who loved her. Lee was 83 years old. But on Christmas Eve, nuns brought food and toys for Winfrey and her siblings. Winfrey spent her childhood traveling between her mom, dad and grandparents' homes. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia. She said she never told Winfrey about her half-sister "because I thought it was a bad thing for me to do".

"Coming to Waukesha County on a Saturday evening was not my idea of a great time", Winfrey said to an amused crowd. In 2011, Lee appeared on the show with Patricia Lee, where the women discussed Lee's decision to put Patricia up for adoption.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oprah and her family during this hard time. "I was asking the question ... what is a mother?"

Lee featured on her daughter's show in 1990, getting a makeover.

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Lee had Winfrey when she was 18 years old in MS 1954. Lee settled a $155,000 debt with Valentina Inc.in 2009.

She is survived by Oprah, 64, and her other daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee.

Private funeral services were held.

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

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