Cole with her husband Nat, 1951.
|Birth name||Maria Hawkins|
August 1, 1922|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||July 10, 2012
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
|Associated acts||Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Count Basie|
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 Kelly (1959–1995) 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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