Yma Lemon-Untold Facts About Don Lemon’s Sister

By Prithvi Singh | Published on: March 6, 2024 | Updated on: March 6, 2024
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Yma Lemon is the sister of the American television journalist Don Lemon. Her brother is famous for hosting CNN from 2014 to 2023. Besides this, Lemon has also worked as a correspondent for NBC on programs like Today and NBC Nightly News.

Stick till the end to learn everything there is to know about Yma Lemon including her early life, career, marriage, and more.

Key Takeaways

  • Yma is the daughter of Katherine Marie (Bouligney) and Wilson Lemon.
  • She is the second eldest of three siblings.
  • Yma and Leisa are Don’s half-sisters.
  • Her sister Leisa Lemon died at 58 in January 2018 after drowning in a pond while fishing.

What Does Do For A Living?

At present, Yma is believed to be a retired nurse. She, unlike her younger brother prefers to live in private with little to no media presence. So, no further details about her career are available in the media.

Besides, her little brother Don Lemon is a famous journalist. He started his career as a weekend news anchor for WBRC. Similarly, he also worked as an anchor and investigative reporter for Fox affiliate KTVI. Don later worked for NBC’s Today and NBC Nightly News.

Yma Lemon's brother Don Lemon is a journalist.
Yma’s brother Don is a famous anchor and journalist.

Furthermore, the anchor joined CNN in September 2006. He worked for the network until April 24, 2023

Who Are Parents?

Yma Lemon was born in July 1961 in Port Allen, Louisiana, United States to Katherine Marie and Wilson Lemon. She is 61 years old as of 2023.  Similarly, Yma is mostly of African-American ancestry.

Her maternal grandmother was the daughter of a black mother and a white father. And her maternal great-grandfather had  French and Scots- Irish ancestry.

The Lemon Siblings

Yma has two siblings including a sister Leisa Lemon, with whom she spent most of her childhood in her hometown of Louisiana. Her older sister was a commission officer at the United States Army before her untimely death in 2018.

Yma Lemon's family
Yma’s elder sister with her brother and mother.

On the other hand, her half-brother, Don was born on March 1, 1966, to Katherine and her then-lover Wilmon Lee Richardson.

Yma Parent’s Marriage Wasn’t A Fairy Tale: It Ended In A Divorce

Yma’s mom and dad Katherine and Wilson married in the late 1950s. Not much is known regarding their early romance. However, one thing is clear that their marriage wasn’t a happy ride.

The pair gave birth to their first daughter, the late Leisa Lemon Grimes on August 11, 1959. Likewise, Yma was born two years later in 1961. But, their marriage didn’t last and the pair parted ways soon after. According to Katherine, she decided to divorce her husband because he wasn’t treating her right.

Yma Lemon mother and step dad.
Katherine and her late spouse Horlis L. Clark, Sr.

Moreover, amid their marital relationship, Yma’s mother started having an affair with another man, Wilmon Lee Richardson. As a result, she gave birth to Don Lemon, born in 1966. But it also didn’t go as planned and the pair called it quits.

However, 11 years after Don’s birth, Katherine married Horlis L. Clark, Sr. in 1977. They were together until Horlis passed away.

Is Married In 2023?

As we mentioned earlier, Lemon is pretty private when it comes to talking about her personal life, especially her love life. There is not a single hint of information available regarding Yma’s relationship.

But, if we take a closer look at her age, we can assume that she might be a married woman.

Her Brother, Don Lemon Came Out As Gay In 2011

In Don’s 2011 memoir, Transparent, he came out of the closet and admitted to being gay. The renowned journalist also stated that he was sexually assaulted when he was a child and that he had known about his sexuality since he was five or six.

Yma Lemon brother and his fiance.
The journalist is engaged to his boyfriend Tim Malone.

Similarly, in 2014, The Advocate listed him in the group of 50 most influential LGBTQ People in Media. Likewise, Yma’s half-sibling is currently engaged to real estate agent Tim Malone.

The duo met in 2017 and after dating for a year and a half, they also announced their engagement in April 2019.

What Is Net Worth?

According to several tabloids, Yma has a total fortune of $100,000. On the other hand, her brother, Don Lemon has an estimated net worth of around $12 million. He mostly makes his fortune from his media career.