Oprah Winfrey Paid A Tribute To Her Deceased Mother, Vernita Lee: "She Lived A Good Life"

Date January 15, 2019 18:15

Vernita Lee was born on May 2, 1935, and she gave birth to Oprah when she was just a teenager in 1954, at a Mississippi hospital. All her life, she tirelessly worked as a housemaid. When Winfrey was 6 years old, they settled in Milwaukee after moving from the South.

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Oprah Winfrey's mother, Lee died at the age of 83 at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 22nd of November, 2018 The death occurred due to natural causes. Her family was in deep grief and private funeral services have already been held. 


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Oprah paid a tribute to her mother


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Vernita Lee was a proud mom and she especially admired Oprah's efforts in the 1985 movie The Color Purple, which had earned her daughter 11 Oscar nominations. Winfrey subtly thanked everyone for their prayers and concerns. She posted a tribute to her mother on Instagram and also presented her gratitude to her fans.

She captioned:

Thank you all for your kind words and condolences. It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace.


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Oprah won't a mother herself 

Winfrey loved her mother dearly but have decided not to become herself. Even at 64, no regrets have touched her so far for not having kids with her long-term partner of 30 years, Stedman Graham. Oprah candidly revealed in an interview:

I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies. I don’t have the patience. 


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But she is already a compassionate mother if not biological. Oprah has been named as 'Mother To The World’s children'. In 2007, she serves as a resident mother figure for the 172 girls who attended the Leadership Academy for Girls based in South Africa.

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