Oprah Winfrey’s Mother Passed Away At 83


Oprah’s mother Vernita Lee passed away on Thanksgiving Day.


Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee RIP


Oprah just release a statement on her mother’s death, saying,


Thank you all for you kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee’s passing. It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at peace.”


Vernita is survived by Oprah and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee and grandchildren Alisha Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton and Andre Brown, as well as great-grandchildren Jaxon Praise Perez, Chai Theresa Perez, Donovan Hayes and Trinity Hayes.

A private funeral service has already been held. Memorial donations in Vernita’s name can be made to Feeding America (

Picture of Oprah and mother Vernita Lee in 1994
Picture of Oprah and her mother, Vernita Lee, in 1994.