Dean Faulkner Wells, the niece of author William Faulkner, has died at a Mississippi hospital from complications of a stroke. She was 75.
Her husband, Larry Wells, says his wife suffered a stroke Sunday and had been hospitalized in Oxford, where she died Wednesday. Graveside services are scheduled for Friday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Faulkner Wells was born in 1936, four months after the death of her father, Dean Swift Faulkner, William Faulkner's youngest brother, in a plane crash. William Faulkner, who she called Pappy, became her legal guardian.
Faulkner Wells worked on the renovation of Rowan Oak, the last home of William Faulkner who died in Oxford in 1962. Faulkner Wells also co-founded the Faux Faulkner parody contest.