Our thoughts are with Oprah's family during this time. After her daughter attended Lincoln High School and Nicolet High School, Lee sent Winfrey to again live with her father in Tennessee.
After several other details were revealed regarding their strained relationship, which spanned years, Oprah and her mother eventually repaired things, with Vernita appearing on her talk show in 1990 where the mogul's personal stylist gave her a makeover. A cause of death has not yet been determined. The family directed memorials to Feeding America in Lee's name.
Lee was a single mother when she gave birth to Oprah in MS in 1954. The report notes she couldn't raise Oprah because she moved to Wisconsin to work as a housekeeper, leaving Oprah to be raised by her maternal grandmother.
Winfrey, who was raised by her grandmother in MS for the first few years of her life, has spoken about her strained relationship with her mother.
"When you walk into a room, you never walk alone", Winfrey said during a recent speech. I don't know anybody.
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Oprah Winfrey's mother - has died aged 83.
"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me".
Winfrey has always been outspoken about the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother when she was young. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.
She welcomed friends and family for a feast, uploading a video in view of her 15 million Instagram followers showing her smoking turkeys with the help of a chef.
Oprah has yet to issue a statement to address her mother's passing. "Makes for an even happier Thanksgiving!". While she largely remained out of the public eye, Vernita opened up her famous daughter during an interview with a local news station in 2007.