Idaho Icon Rosalie Sorrels Dies at 83 

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Friends and fans of Rosalie Sorrels are sharing their memories of the famous folk icon after her family announced Monday, via Facebook, the beloved singer died in the evening hours of June 11. She would have turned 84 on June 24.

"She was surrounded with love and music, and is free from all the pain," Sorrels' family wrote on her  Facebook page.

Sorrels was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and was being cared for at her daughter's home in Reno, Nevada, when she passed

Born Rosalie Ann Stringfellow, Sorrels was a break-out performer at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival, had five children, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho in 2001, authored two books, and was nominated for a Grammy Award twice: in 2004 for her album My Last Go 'Round and in 2008 for her album Strangers In Another Country.

Sorrels was friends with Jerry Garcia, Arlo Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey, Pete Seeger and Hunter S. Thompson. Sorrels' family is planning for a memorial service in Boise sometime in the next few weeks.



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