Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eagle reports death of Dean Faulkner Wells at 75

    The Oxford Eagle has reported the death of Dean Faulkner Wells, who was raised by her uncle, William Faulkner, after the death of her father.
Dean Faulkner Wells, 75, a novelist, died this afternoon at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford surrounded by family and close friends. She had been placed on life support after suffering a stroke. The niece of Nobel-prize winning author William Faulkner, Wells was the last surviving member of the children of William Faulkner and his siblings.
Earlier this year she published “Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi,” her recollections of growing up in Oxford. Her father, Dean Faulkner, died in a plane crash shortly before she was born. As a result, her uncle, William Faulkner, became her legal guardian and helped raise her. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wells’ home, 510 S. Lamar Blvd. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: The Oxford Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

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