Maria Cole: Widow of Nat King Cole Dies of Cancer
Posted by on Jul 12, 2012

Maria Cole, wife of the late Nat King Cole and mother of Natalie Cole, has lost her battler with cancer. She was 89.

A rep for The Cole Family confirmed the news that Maria Cole passed at a Boca Raton hospice Tuesday. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.

Maria married Nat King Cole in 1948. And even though Nat was a household name for his  sultry voice, Maria  was also an artist as well.  Not only was she a famed piano player, but she also performed with the great  Duke Ellington.

Maria’s children -Natalie, Timolin and Casey Cole- released a  joint statement saying, “Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized, class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady. … She died how she lived – with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family.”

Private funeral services for Maria Cole will be held in Glendale, California.

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