Please join me in sending love and prayers to Oprah Winfrey as she mourns the passing of her mother, Vernita Lee.
Ms. Lee passed away on Thanksgiving Day (November 22) at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was 83.
Lee was born on May 2, 1935, and worked as a housekeeper throughout her life.
She is survived by Winfrey and daughter Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, who she gave up for adoption at birth and reconnected with later in life.
Lee also had two other children — son Jeffrey Lee, who died in 1989 and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd, who died in 2003.
Ms. Lee has already been laid to rest in a private ceremony according to a spokesperson for the family.
Oprah Magazine sent their condolences to the family via social media in a post that read:
After the passing of her mother, we’re sending well wishes to @Oprah and her family ❤️
My sincerest condolences to Oprah and her family during this difficult time.