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Maria Hawkins Cole (formerly Ellington during her first marriage to Spurgeon Ellington, a Tuskegee Airman) (August 1, 1922 – July 10, 2012) was the widow of singer Nat King Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole. She was also a jazz singer who worked most notably with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. She met Nat King Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar club.
Cole was born in Boston and was the niece of Charlotte Hawkins Brown. Her father, Mingo Hawkins, was a letter carrier. Her mother, Carol, died while giving birth to her sister. Cole died in a nursing home in Boca Raton, Florida, after a short battle with cancer at the age of 89, on July 10, 2012.
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Jazz Singer, Wife of Nat King Cole
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passed away on 10th Jul 2012 aged 89. |||
Maria Cole passed away on 10th Jul 2012 aged 89. Her last relationship was when Maria Cole and Gary DeVore were divorced in 1978 after being married for 8 years.
Maria Cole was previously married to Gary DeVore (1968 - 1978), Nat 'King' Cole (1947 - 1965) and Spurgeon Ellington (1942 - 1945).
Maria Cole had 5 children, Carol (adopted) (71), Natalie (66), Nat Kelly (57), Casey (55) and Timolin (55).
Maria Cole is a 89 year old American Jazz Musician. Born Maria Hawkins on 1st August, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, she is famous for Jazz Singer, Wife of Nat King Cole. Her zodiac sign is Leo.
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