She died in Nashville, not Memphis.
Wife of singing legend Aaron Neville dies at 66
1/5/2007, 7:39 p.m. CT
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joel Roux-Neville, the wife of singing legend
Aaron Neville, died Friday after a battle with lung cancer. She was 66.
Roux-Neville was first diagnosed with the disease in 2004 and at that
time was given three months to live. She died at the couple's home south
of Nashville surrounded by family members, her husband's publicist,
Jerry Digney said Friday evening.
The couple moved to the Nashville area in 2005 shortly after Hurricane
Katrina devastated their hometown of New Orleans.
The high school sweethearts would have celebrated their 48th wedding
anniversary on Wednesday, Digney said in a news release.
"Joel was the love of my life and she had a tremendous courage and
spirit — I'm sure God will reward her for her loyalty, good heart and
sense of family," her husband said in a statement.
Funeral arrangements in New Orleans were pending.
A member of the R&B family The Neville Brothers, Aaron has sung pop,
blues, soul, gospel, jazz and country. He's best known for his 1966 hit
"Tell It Like It Is" and his two duets with Linda Ronstadt — "I Don't
Know Much" in 1989 and "All My Life" in 1990 — both Grammy winners.
While Roux-Neville never performed with her husband's family, she was a
fixture in the New Orleans music scene for decades, Digney said.