Oprah Winfrey's Mother Vernita Lee Dead at 83

Patricia Amanda Faye Lee Vernita Lee Oprah Winfrey- Courtesy of the Lee Family

Patricia Amanda Faye Lee Vernita Lee Oprah Winfrey- Courtesy of the Lee Family

Oprah wrote that, at the time, she didn't really "know" her mother.

On the same day that her mother passed away, Winfrey shared an Instagram video of her preparing for her Thanksgiving festivities. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

On Thursday, the mother of Oprah Winfrey, Vernita Lee, died at the age of 83-years-old.

Oprah's mother was a teenager when she gave birth to her, and the philanthropist and TV star was raised by Vernita's mother, her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee in Mississippi.

Oprah eventually went to live with her mother, and although it took a while for them to fix their tumultuous relationship, they became close over the last few years.

Vernita appeared on Oprah Winfrey Show a handful of times, including in 2011, when it was revealed that the daughter she gave up for adoption in 1963, Patricia, was finally found. She had two other children, Jeffrey and Patricia, who died before her. Meanwhile, she was abused by a cousin and an uncle while she lived with her mother, the TMZ article noted. She is also survived by her four grandchildren - Alisha Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton and Andre Brown - and four great grandchildren - Jaxon Praise Perez, Chai Theresa Perez, Donovan Hayes and Trinity Hayes. No details of her cause of death have been released.

Oprah replied, "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'". "I loved her the way that she loves people now". After her daughter attended Lincoln High School and Nicolet High School, Lee sent Winfrey to again live with her father in Tennessee.

Private funeral services were held.

Memorial donations can be made in Vernita's name to Feeding America.

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