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

Vernita Lee center with her daughters Patricia Amanda Faye Lee left and Oprah Winfrey right at Vernita's 80th birthday party

Vernita Lee center with her daughters Patricia Amanda Faye Lee left and Oprah Winfrey right at Vernita's 80th birthday party

Lee's family told People Lee died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Lee, who was working as a maid in Fox Point, told Winfrey that Santa Claus was not coming that year because the single mother didn't have much money to buy presents. People did confirm that private funeral services have been held.

'Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)'. In 1954 she gave birth to her first daughter, Oprah, who was raised by both her and her grandparents throughout her childhood.

She later went to live with her mother at the age of six for several years before moving in with her father in 1968. She described having to sleep on her mother's porch when she first arrived in Milwaukee because her mother's roommate took issue with Winfrey's skin complexion.

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me".

Oprah Winfrey's mother - has died aged 83.

Vernita Lee poses for
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Winfrey has always been outspoken about the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother when she was young.

"I was asking the question". "I later realized it was because of the color of my skin; my mother was boarding with this very light-skinned black woman who could have passed for white".

She is survived by Oprah, 64, and her other daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee.

She has not posted on social media since Thursday, the day her mother died.

"When you walk into a room, you never walk alone", Winfrey said during a recent speech. No details on her cause of death have been released.

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