Nancy Sinatra Sr dies in United States aged 101

Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank's first wife among four, as well as the mother of his three children, died at the age of 101.

After their 1939 marriage, Frank and Nancy lived in an apartment in Jersey City, N.J., her hometown.

Her daughter called her "a blessing and the light of my life".

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, the first wife of Frank Sinatra and mother of Nancy, Frank Jr.

He left his wife for Ava Gardner in the early 1950s.

Nancy Sinatra was divorced from her husband after he had a string of affairs.

The marriage came just as Frank Sinatra's singing career was starting to take off.

The site used a black-and-white image of the late Sinatra along with her birth and death dates (March 25, 1917 - July 13, 2018) as well as a written message and an audio player.

When Sinatra shot to fame in the 1940s, the couple relocated to Los Angeles, where their youngest daughter Tina Sinatra was born.

Nancy devoted herself to family and friends and withdrew from the showbusiness spotlight after her divorce from Sinatra.

She also remained friendly with her ex-husband, who is said to have put in requests over the years for pasta and other Italian food dishes she was known to be an expert at preparing.

Sinatra divorced Gardner two years later, and went on to marry Mia Farrow and then Barbara Marx.

Her death comes two decades after her husband's, who died of a heart attack in 1998 at the age of 82.

The couple's first child, Nancy, who would go on to become a singer in her own right with the "60s hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin", was born June 8, 1940.

Gay Talese, in 1966, wrote there was "no bitterness", and instead, only "great respect and affection" between Frank and Nancy.

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