PROVO, Utah -- Olive Osmond, the mother of Marie and Donny Osmond and other members of the performing family, died Sunday. She was 79.
Family spokesman Ron Clark said she died of complications from a massive stroke she suffered more than two years ago. Her condition began to deteriorate last week.
Mrs. Osmond was born in 1925 to Thomas and Vera Ann Davis in Samaria, Idaho, where her father was a principal. She later moved to Ogden, Utah, where she was a secretary at the Adjutant General Depot. She met George V. Osmond, the soldier she married in 1944.
Both enjoyed music. George sang and Olive Osmond played the saxophone, and they passed along their love of music to their children.
Their first two sons, Virl and Tom, developed degenerative hearing losses that affected their speech. The next four sons, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay, had no signs of hearing loss and began singing four-part harmonies as children. They performed as the Osmond Brothers, producing 34 gold and platinum records in the 1960s and 1970s.
They were later joined by Donny, Marie, and Jimmy Osmond.
The family toured internationally and made numerous recordings and TV appearances. From 1976 to 1979, Donny and Marie Osmond hosted the television program "The Donny and Marie Show," which their older brothers helped produce.
Olive Osmond leaves her husband, nine children, 55 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are pending.