Oprah Winfrey and Vermita Lee

This image released by Harpo Inc. shows media mogul Oprah Winfrey, right, with her mother Vermita Lee. (George Burns/Harpo Inc. via AP)

Oprah Winfrey's Mom, Vernita Lee, Dies At 83

November 26, 2018 - 2:23 pm
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - 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. (Video below).

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