(NBC) – Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee has died at the age of 83.
Lee died in her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Thanksgiving Day, the family said Monday in a statement. Funeral services have already been held, the family said.
Lee is survived by Winfrey and another daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, grandchildren Alisha Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton, and Andre Brown and great-grandchildren Jaxon Praise Perez, Chai Theresa Perez, Donovan Hayes and Trinity Hayes.
She had two other children, Jeffrey Lee, who died in 1989, and Patricia Lee LLoyd, who died in 2003.
Lee gave birth to Winfrey in 1954. Winfrey was raised by her maternal grandmother until she was 6 years old.