Daily Mail UK, reports that Lee died last Thursday during the United States Thanksgiving Day.
Oprah’s niece, Alisha Hayes, was the first to announce the death on Facebook, and confirmed by representatives of the star.
Alisha wrote, “My grandmother, Rest In Peace,’ sharing pictures of the two together.
“I lost my beautiful grandma on Thanksgiving. She was the number one supporter of Pat’s [Alisha’s restaurant] and was the person who named our restaurant.
“We will miss her and will carry on her legacy of good eating! We love you Vernita Lee!” She added.
Vernita died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.