Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee has passed on at the age of 83.
Winfrey released a statement on her mom’s death, saying, “Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee’s passing. It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace.” Oprah
Oprah’s niece, Alisha Hayes, posted that Vernita Lee died on Thanksgiving Day. The family just confirmed the death.
Vernita was born in 1935 in segregated Mississippi. She met Vernon Winfrey and they gave birth to Oprah in 1954.
Vernita couldn’t raise Oprah because she moved to Milwaukee where she worked as a housemaid.
Oprah was raised early on by her maternal grandmother. When Oprah turned 6, she moved to Milwaukee to live with her mom … who was a virtual stranger.