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

Vernita Lee (CNN/WTMJ)

MILWAUKEE — The mother of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has passed away.

The family confirmed in a statement to People Magazine that Vernita Lee died at her home in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 83.

Lee worked as a housekeeper throughout her life.

Oprah was one of her four children.

The relationship between Oprah and her mom was a tumultuous one but was eventually repaired.

Oprah had Lee on her talk show in 1990 where Oprah’s personal stylist gave her a makeover.

Lee has already been laid to rest in a private funeral.

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