Audree Neva Wilson, mother of three founding members of the Beach Boys, died Dec. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from heart and kidney failure. She was 80.
Her sons Dennis, Carl and Brian were the nucleus of the group that led the surf music wave in the 1960s.
Wilson played piano and the organ, and although she never performed professionally, she often was heralded by Dennis Wilson onstage when she accompanied the group on tour.
Wilson tried to sue HarperCollins earlier this year for publishing her son Brian’s autobiography, but a judge ruled it did not damage her reputation. Brian Wilson wrote in “Wouldn’t It Be Nice: My Own Story” that his mother watched passively as his father beat him as a child.
Wilson was born in Minneapolis and lived in California for more than 50 years.
Wilson is survived by sons Brian and Carl, nine grandchildren, including pop singers Carnie and Wendy Wilson.