Oprah Winfrey shared a tribute in honor of her late mother, Vernita Lee, on Instagram.
“Thank you all for your 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.????,” the 64-year-old posted.
Lee passed away in her Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home on Thanksgiving Day.
She was 83 years old.
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A spokesperson for Winfrey confirmed Lee had been laid to rest in a private funeral over Thanksgiving weekend, per People.
At 18, Lee gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi. She and Winfrey’s father, Vernon, never married.
Winfrey was raised by her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, before joining her half-siblings, Patricia and Jeffrey, and mother in Milwaukee, where Lee worked as a housekeeper. Winfrey later relocated to Tennessee at the age of 14 to live with her father.
Lee is survived by Winfrey and another daughter, Patricia. Lee placed Patricia up for adoption at birth, but the two later reunited.
May Vernita be at peace.