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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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Deceased||Maria Cole passed away on 10th Jul 2012 aged 89.|||
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