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Oprah Winfreymother, Wernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving, E! News confirms. She was 83 years old.
TV titan was not with Lee during her stay as she celebrates Santa Barbara, California, with school girls she opened in South Africa in 2007. Since Monday, Winfrey has never commented that death is not updating her social media.
A family spokesman told E! News Monday Lee is set to rest on a private funeral. America's memorial donations can be made on her behalf, the spokesman added.
In addition to Winfrey, Lee has survived her daughter Patricia Amanda Fay Lee; grandchildren André Brown, Alicia Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez and Aquarius Lofton and; and grand-grandchildren Donovan Hayes, Trinity Hayes, Teresa Perez Tea and Yaxon Praise PerezShe was preceded by her children, Jeffrey Lee (1960-1989) and Patricia Lee Lloyd (1959-2003).
Lee was born on 2 May 1935 and has worked as a hostess throughout her life.
By her admission, Winfrey's relationship with Lee had always been fulfilled. Increased by her grandmother in Mississippi in the first years of her life, Winfrey was sent to Lee to live in Wisconsin later. She was then sent to Tennessee to live with her father before she was brought back to Lee without explanation-something Winfrey often talked about about her show-show of the same name. While Lee was physically present, Winfrey said she was not emotionally accessible. "I grew up with the understanding that there was this omniscient, omnipotent God who loved me, I wonder, the magical mystery of what brought me when I was separated from my grandmother and sent to live with my mother at age 6. I always went into space , which is totally alien to me. I do not know anyone, "Winfrey says in 2015, adding that she" does not really know my mother "in time, not to mention life with her.
"I remember the first night I went into the house and told me that I could not sleep with my mother and I could not sleep inside the house but had a small foyer, walked into the house, took me outside to sleep there, "she continued." Later I realized that this was due to the color of my skin, my mother was climbing on to this black woman with very bright skin that could pass through the white. I can say right away when I walk into the room, and because of the color of my skin. "
"I remember praying on my knees the very first night I was removed from my grandmother," Winfrey remembers. Miraculously, "I do not remember that I've ever broken up because I knew God was my father, Jesus was my brother and they were with me."
As she recalled in an episode of 2011 The Oprah coating, life with Lee did not improve.
"I remember I was taken to the detention facility when my mother would drive me out of the house at the age of 14, waiting to be reworked … and at that moment I confessed that I had been mistreated since I was 9 years old year old, "said Winfrey, who was beaten and raped as a child. "Looking around the house to hold all the girls who were put there as" bad girls, "I remember thinking," I'm officially a bad girl, now I'm called a bad girl for the rest of my life because I will be put at that place. "thought Winfrey," I really do not belong here, and I do not even know how it happened to me.
And then … Winfrey's prayers were answered.
"A woman came out and my mother told me – sorry, Miss Lee, but there is not enough room for your daughter. You'll have to go back in two weeks, "Winfrey remembers, the teenager who was secretly pregnant at the time, was sent to live with her father. "It was my saving grace, and from that moment on I felt like somehow saved – that someone there, admitted I was not a bad girl, and now I would have another chance." After Winfrey gives birth and her son dies in early childhood, "My father told me," This is your second chance. It's your chance to take advantage of this moment and do something of your life. "And I took advantage of this opportunity and I realized about myself – though I did not have the words to express it -" Now I know better to I can do better "
Whilst Winfrey enters his own, friends like him Maya Angelu and Geile King became substitute mothers. She also made peace with Li's shortcomings, telling Bishop T. Jake in an episode of 2013 LifeClass, "You have to meet people where they are and love them at the level they can get." You have in your mind what mother should be and what you want your mother to be – and in many cases – mothers and fathers you can not be what is your ideal. "
In 2011, Winfrey reveals that Lee secretly gave birth to another daughter – and gave her for adoption – in 1963. "I was 9 years old at the time [her adoption], living with my father in Nashville, Tennessee, "she said." I had no idea that my mother was even pregnant. "As she said during her daily conversation, the news" shook me to the heart, "a half-sister credit," she never thought to go to the press; she had never thought of selling this story. "Winfrey, whose other two brothers and sisters have died, said the discovery of a half-sister left her silent:" In most cases, my life is an open book. I think I've seen everything, "she told the audience. "I did not think anything could surprise me-but let me tell you I was wrong.