Cole with her husband Nat, 1951.
|Birth name||Maria Hawkins|
August 1, 1922|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
July 10, 2012 (aged 89)|
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Cole had four children in addition to Natalie (1950–2015): Carole (1944–2009) adopted by her and Nat when she was 3, when her birth mother (Maria's sister Carol Hawkins Lane) died; son Nat Kelly Cole (1959–1995), adopted as a baby from the Children’s Home Society in Los Angeles, who came out as gay at age 19 and who died of AIDS, and twin daughters Timolin and Casey (b. 1961) She was known as Maria Ellington during her first marriage to Spurgeon Ellington, a Tuskegee Airman). Her third marriage was to Gary DeVore. They ran an Inn in the Berkshires together for several years. That marriage ended in divorce.
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