Oprah Winfrey has finally spoken about the death of her mother, Vernita Lee.
Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Ms. Vernita, died on Thanksgiving at her home in Milwaukee at the age of 83. Private funeral services have already been held, the family announced.
Mourning her mother, Oprah wrote on Instagram:
“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.”
Lee, who was born on May 2, 1935, gave birth to Winfrey, 64, as a teenager in 1954 in Mississippi. She worked as a housemaid throughout her life, settling in Milwaukee when Oprah was 6 after moving from the South.
The television mogul is the oldest of Lee’s four children. Winfrey’s half sister, Patricia Lee Lloyd, and half brother, Jeffrey Lee, died in 2003 and 1989, respectively.
Lee is survived by Winfrey and daughter Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, whom she gave up for adoption at birth and reconnected with later in life. Lee is also survived by four grandchildren and a great grandchild.