Colon Cancer

Idaho folk singer who recorded 20 albums dies at 83

Rosalie Sorrels, a Grammy-nominated folk singer and native of Idaho who recorded more than 20 albums and performed at top folk festivals around the country, has died. She was 83.

Sorrels died on Sunday in Reno, Nevada, at the home of her daughter, Holly Marizu.

Marizu said Wednesday that her mother had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and had dementia. A cause of death hadn't been determined.

Sorrels' marriage broke up in 1966 and she started performing on the road, traveling across the country with her five children rather than go on welfare, Marizu said.

"There weren't a lot of options for women in the 1960s," she said.