Oprah's Mom Vernita Lee Dies at 83 | Oprah Winfrey, Vernita Lee

Posted November 27, 2018

A cause of death was not revealed. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on November 22.

Vernita Lee is survived by Winfrey and her half-sister Patricia Amanda Faye Lee as well as her grandchildren Alisha Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton, Andre Brown and several great-grandchildren. Private funeral services have been held. "Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America", her obituary reads. She gave birth to a son, who died when he was just a week old. Winfrey lived with her grandmother for the first six years of her life, before moving to Milwaukee to live with her mother.

'I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me. I don't know anybody.

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Oprah replied, "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'". 'I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned'. I don't really even know my mother. "What are you supposed to feel about your mother?"

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

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

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Her brother Jeffrey died of AIDS in 1989, and Patricia, who died in 2003.

During a 2003 visit to the city of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Winfrey spoke about her childhood in Milwaukee at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual Freedom Fund dinner.

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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