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Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

/ 06:01 PM November 27, 2018

This image released by Harpo Inc. shows media mogul Oprah Winfrey, right, with her mother Vermita Lee. A Winfrey spokeswoman issued a statement, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. She was 83. Image: George Burns/Harpo Inc. via AP

MILWAUKEE — Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83.

A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman says private funeral services were held. No other details were provided.

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Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954. They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was 6-years-old.

Lee was featured getting a makeover on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1990.

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Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia. MKH

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