Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Oprah Winfrey's Mother, Vernita Lee, Dies at 83

Oprah said her mother had 'lived a good life and is now at Peace' Image Oprah said her mother had 'lived a good life and is now at peace'
Melody Ballard | 27 November, 2018, 03:43

However, the relationship was eventually mended in 1990 when Oprah welcomed her mother onto her show for a personal stylist makeover.

After living with her grandmother in MS for the first six years of her life, Oprah traveled to Milwaukee to live with her mother.

The 64-year-old has been open about the hard relationship she had with her mother when she was young.

The spokeswoman said private funeral services were held.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oprah and her family during this hard time. "Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America", her obituary reads.

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foraging to me", she said in an interview with Huffington Post in 2015.

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The death was first revealed by Oprah's niece Alisha Hayes on Facebook, and confirmed by representatives for the star. On November 26, it was reported that Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee had died.

Lee was born in 1935 in MS and gave birth to Oprah in 1954. She spent much of her childhood travelling between the homes of her mother and father, Vernon Lee.

Lee had Winfrey when she was 18 years old in MS 1954.

Vernita had a son, Jeffrey, who died in 1989 from AIDS. "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'".

Another clip saw her singing with a group of guests, along with the caption: "Every time a new girl arrives we sing them home".

Winfrey said that experience was one of many that taught her that through giving "you enlarge the spirit of somebody else".

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