Oprah Winfrey's Mother, Vernita Lee, Dies at 83 - NBC Southern California

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

Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren

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    Oprah Winfrey's Mother, Vernita Lee, Dies at 83
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    Vernita Lee (center) with her daughters Patricia Amanda Faye Lee (L) and Oprah Winfrey (R) at Vernita’s 80th birthday party.

    Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83.

    A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman says private funeral services were held. No other details were provided.

    Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954. They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was 6 years old.

    Lee was featured getting a makeover on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1990.

    Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.