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Stella Kerouac, author's widow

LOWELL, Mass. - Stella Kerouac, widow of beat generation author Jack Kerouac, has died at 71. Mrs. Kerouac, the writer's third wife, died Saturday in St. Joseph's Hospital. She lived with a sister in Dracut and on 10th Avenue N in St. Petersburg, where her husband died in 1969 at age 47.

Kerouac, best known for his novel On The Road, wrote 17 other books.

Mrs. Kerouac spoke briefly at the dedication of a memorial to her husband at Eastern Canal Park on June 25, 1988. Asked to be interviewed about their life together, she said, "If you want to know about Jack, read his books."

She and Kerouac married in 1966 and came to St. Petersburg to live with his paralyzed mother, Gabrielle. They had no children. His mother died in 1972.

Both Stella and Kerouac were natives of Lowell, where she worked for a dress manufacturer before their marriage.

Kerouac was a boyhood friend of her late brother, Sebastian.