Barbara Sinatra, wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 90

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Barbara Sinatra, the wife of the late singing great Frank Sinatra, died Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage of natural causes, a family spokesman said. She was 90.

She died surrounded by her family and friends, according to the spokesman. She is survived by her son Robert Oliver Marx, his wife Hillary Roberts and Sinatra's granddaughter Carina Blakeley Marx.

Barbara Sinatra was known for her activism for children, raising money for a facility that would provide services and counseling for kids suffering from abuse. More than 20,000 children received therapy at the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, which she created.

She was born Barbara Blakeley in Bosworth Missouri in 1927. When she turned 18, she and her family moved to Long Beach. She soon married Robert Oliver and started her modeling career.

Sinatra divorced Oliver and later wed Zeppo Marx in 1959. Barbara eventually divorced Marx and married Frank Sinatra in Rancho Mirage in 1976. They were married for 22 years until he died in 1998.

Funeral arrangements would be announced in a few days, the spokesman said. Her family requests that gifts be directed to the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, 39000 Bob Hope Dr. in Rancho Mirage.

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