Our thoughts and prayers are with Oprah Winfrey and her family at this time. Her mother Vernita Lee, passed away on Thanksgiving at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Lee worked as a maid while raising her three children. She eventually retired after the success of her daughter’s The Oprah Winfrey Show. During an interview with Barbara Walters, Oprah says:
“I wanted to take care of them and to provide for them and to make sure that they never had to want anything as they tried to do for me.”
In a statement released by the family’s spokesperson, it reads:
“Born May 2, 1935, she is survived by her daughters Oprah Winfrey and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, grandchildren Alisha Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton and Andre Brown and great grandchildren Jaxon Praise Perez, Chai Theresa Perez, Donovan Hayes and Trinity Hayes. She was predeceased by son Jeffrey Lee (1960-1989) and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd (1959-2003).”
According to the family, a private funeral service was held.
Rest in Peace, Vernita Lee.