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Oprah Winfrey remembers her mother, Vernita Lee: ‘She lived a good life’


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Oprah Winfrey voiced her appreciation to those who comforted her family following a genocide of her mother, Vernita Lee. 

Lee died during her Milwaukee home on Thanksgiving Day, her family announced Monday. She was 83.  

“Thank we all for your kind difference and condolences per my mom Vernita Lee’s passing,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “It gives a family good comfort meaningful she lived a good life and is now during Peace.”

The media mogul’s tribute was accompanied by design of family members, including Oprah and her longtime partner Stedman Graham Jr., surrounding the matriarch. 

Lee was 18 when she gave birth to her initial child in farming Mississippi, fixing her Orpah, though a lady became famous as Oprah since everybody mispronounced it. Lee after changed to Milwaukee and Oprah, afterwards 6, changed to live with her mother.

After vital with her grandmother in Mississippi for a initial 6 years of her life, Oprah trafficked to Milwaukee to live with her mother. Lee gave birth to Oprah’s younger half-sister, who died in 2003.

On a 2003 revisit to a city of Pewaukee, Winfrey spoke about her childhood in Milwaukee at the National Association for a Advancement of Colored People’s annual Freedom Fund dinner. She pronounced her best Christmas ever was in Milwaukee when she was 12 and vital on North 10th Street.

Lee, who was operative as a lassie in Fox Point, told Winfrey that Santa Claus was not entrance that year since a singular mom didn’t have most income to buy presents. But on Christmas Eve, nuns brought food and toys for Winfrey and her siblings.

Winfrey pronounced that knowledge was one of many that taught her that by giving “you increase a suggestion of somebody else.”

Lee was a lifetime member of a NAACP and her daughter joked during a cooking that Lee had been seeking her for years to come to Waukesha County to pronounce during a Freedom Fund event. Lee and a crony who was a NAACP Waukesha bend boss infrequently attended tapings of her TV uncover in Chicago temperament cakes to cheat Winfrey into entrance to a dinner.

“Coming to Waukesha County on a Saturday dusk was not my suspicion of a good time,” Winfrey pronounced to an amused crowd. “But my mom assured me it was gonna be a ‘wonderful evening.'”

In 2011 Lee seemed on her daughter’s radio uncover with a Milwaukee lady who was put adult for adoption by Lee in 1963. Winfrey pronounced on her uncover that she was dumbfounded to learn about her sibling, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, who also seemed on a show.

Patricia Lee was put adult for adoption when Winfrey was 8 and vital with her father. 

Lee pronounced she never told Winfrey about her half-sister “because we suspicion it was a terrible thing for me to do … we done a preference to give her adult since we was incompetent to totally take caring of her.”

Winfrey pronounced she had done assent with Lee’s decision. “To my mother, we say, ‘You can let this contrition go.'”

Winfrey after changed behind to Milwaukee to live with her mother, a attribute that was difficult, and Winfrey after pronounced that she ran divided from home, gave birth during a age of 14 to a baby that died shortly after birth. After her daughter attended Lincoln High School and Nicolet High School, Lee sent Winfrey to again live with her father in Tennessee.

Winfrey thrived in Nashville, apropos an honors tyro and earning a grant during Tennessee State University.

In a 2000s Lee was sued by a high-end conform store for delinquent debts. Lee staid a $155,000 debt with Valentina Inc. in 2009.

Lee is survived by her daughters Oprah Winfrey and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Private wake services were held. The family destined memorials to Feeding America in Lee’s name.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson