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"It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace".

Thus far, Winfrey hasn't said anything about her mother's passing. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

According to TMZ, Oprah's niece Alisha Hayes posted that Lee passed away on the holiday, with the family, soon after, confirming her death.

Lee has already been laid to rest in a private funeral. No other details were provided.

Born in 1954, Winfrey spent her early years with her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, in MS, before she went to live with her mom when she was 6.

Over 10 years ago, Vernita sat down for an interview with TMJ4 at her Milwaukee condo, dishing on her famous daughter, "I loved her the way that she loves people now".

Lee later appeared on Winfrey's talk show in 1990, where her personal stylist gave her a makeover. She is survived by her daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Lee had two other children who both predeceased her.

Lee worked as a housemaid, moving the family to Milwaukee when Oprah was six. I don't know anybody.

Winfrey recalled a favorite story about her mother during a 2003 visit to the city of Pewaukee.

oprahtbt2An old photo of Oprah Winfrey hangs at WJZ-TV studios in Baltimore.

'I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me.

Winfrey has always been outspoken about the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother when she was young. "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'". Vernita had a son, named Jeffrey, who died in 1989 from AIDS. "I don't really even know my mother", she said.


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