Friday, 14 December, 2018

Oprah Winfrey's mother passes away at the age of 83

Oprah Winfrey  Mother Vernita Lee passed away on Thanksgiving Oprah Winfrey Mother Vernita Lee passed away on Thanksgiving
Angelica Greene | 27 November, 2018, 09:41

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

A cause of death for Lee was not immediately revealed. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Oprah Winfrey has spoken out for the first time since her mother, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving (celebrated in the USA on November 22). No other details were provided.

Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Oprah in MS in 1954. She left Oprah behind in MS when she moved to Milwaukee.

The mother of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has passed away.

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Lee was a lifetime member of the NAACP, and her daughter joked at the dinner that Lee had been asking her for years to come to Waukesha County to speak at the Freedom Fund event. "Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America", an obituary reads, Fox News reported.

Oprah said her relationship with her mother was always rough. I don't really even know my mother.

It was while Winfrey was living with her mother that she was molested by her cousin and abused by her uncle. 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. "'What is a mother?' 'What are you supposed to feel about your mother?'" she once asked.

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned". "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'". The TV mogul spent much of her childhood travelling between the homes of her mother and father, Vernon Lee.

Reportedly, Vernita retired from a hospital dietitian job sometime after she reconnected with Oprah, moved into a luxury condo in Milwaukee and got a stipend from her famous daughter of $5k a month.

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