Oprah Winfrey is in deep mourning. Her mother is dead. The woman died on Thanksgiving, and was 83 years old. Vernita Lee, and her husband, Vernon Winfrey, who is two years older, had their famous daughter in 1954. The family grew up in Mississippi. The marriage did not, however, long stand, because even in the fifties was filed for divorce. Then came Oprah with her grandmother, because her mother far away went to work.