Tom Cruise's mother, Mary Lee South -- who in recent years had battled health issues -- died in her sleep.
The former special education teacher was the driving force behind Tom's pursuit of acting. He frequently credited her for inspiring him.
She died last week and a service was already held ... which Tom and his 3 sisters attended.
We last saw her back in 2013 when we tried getting her to spill some Christmas secrets.
People first reported the death.
Mary Lee was 80.