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Rosalie Sorrels, Idaho folk singer, dies in Nevada at age 83

Rosalie Sorrels (2010, Idaho Public TV photo)
Rosalie Sorrels (2010, Idaho Public TV photo)

Rosalie Sorrels — an Idaho singer, songwriter, storyteller and folk music legend with a career that spanned more than 50 years — died late Sunday night at her daughter Holly Marizu’s home in Reno, Nev., where Sorrels lived for the past two and a half years.

Sorrels, 83, had a history of battles with her health. In 1988, she suffered an aneurysm; 10 years later, she battled and beat breast cancer. In recent years, Sorrels struggled with dementia and was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. She had been under home hospice care since February, according to her daughter Shelley Ross.

The news of her death sparked an outpouring of grief and fond remembrances/Dana Oland and Kristin Rodine, Idaho Statesman. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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