Dean Faulkner Wells, 75, a writer and editor, died Wednesday 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 Oxford Memorial 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. (July 27, 2011)