Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

The Winfrey family suffered a sad loss this Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, passed away at the age of 83 at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sad Holiday

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a happy day, but that was not the case this year for one of the most iconic women in the world.

However, even though it was an obvious personal loss, Winfrey was amazed how her own personal tragedy was felt by millions of others.

Once word spread that Winfrey’s mother had passed, fans started to express their condolences to Oprah.

Winfrey eventually released a statement about her mother’s death:

“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.”

A private funeral was held over the weekend.

Rough Beginnings

Oprah’s early life with her mother was far from ideal.

After giving birth to Oprah, her mother moved to Milwaukee to secure work.

Since Oprah could not stay with her mother, she moved in with her grandmother, who raised her until she was six-years-old.

Eventually, Oprah would move with her mother to Milwaukee, which was like being thrust into the home of a complete stranger.

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In addition to the rocky relationship Oprah had with her mother, there was also the issue of sexual abuse that occurred during this period.

While living in Milwaukee, Oprah was molested by both her cousin and uncle.

Eventually, Oprah was able to repair her relationship with her mother and even had her on her talk show in the 1990s.

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