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Oprah details her final goodbyes to her mother

OPENING UP: Oprah

OPRAH WINFREY’S mother Vernita Lee passed away this thanksgiving, and the billionaire is opening up about her last days.

Speaking to PEOPLE, the mogul said: "I knew my mother was dying. I got a call from my sister (Patricia) that she thought it was the end."

The 64-year-old said she surprised her mother in Milwaukee a few days before she made her appearance at Michelle Obama’s Becoming book tour in Chicago on Nov 13.

"I sat with my mother. I said, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to make it. Do you think you’re going to make it?’ She said, ‘I don’t think I am,’ " Winfrey revealed.

"I had a conversation with her about what that felt like, what it felt like to be near the end," she continued. "I started telling all the people who cared about her that, ‘She knows it’s the end, so, if you want to say goodbye, you should come and say goodbye.' ”

Winfrey added that she struggled to express her feelings in Lee's final days.

“I waited for a way to say what I wanted to say,” she said. “I couldn’t find it that day. The next morning I woke up, and I was actually praying for, ‘What is a way I can have this conversation about the end? How do I close it?’ I just thought, ‘What is the truth for me? What is it that I need to say?' ”

Winfrey concluded: “What I said was, ‘Thank you. Thank you, because I know it’s been hard for you. It was hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills. Seventeen, you get pregnant with this baby. Lots of people would have told you to give that baby away. Lots of people would’ve told you to abort that baby. You didn’t do that. I know that was hard. I want you to know that no matter what, I know that you always did the best you knew how to do. And look how it turned out.' ”

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