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Mary Page Stegner, the widow of famed Western writer Wallace Stegner, died May 15 at a retirement home south of San Francisco. She was 99.

Mrs. Stegner met her husband-to-be at the University of Iowa, where both were students. He went on to write books of history, fiction and essays, winning the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Angle of Repose."

He served her breakfast in bed during their 59 years of marriage, according to Mrs. Stegner's obituary in the Salt Lake Tribune. In return, she shielded him from distractions as he wrote.

"She quite deliberately decided that his gifts and talents were so great, the best role she would play was to be his helpmate," their son, Stuart Page Stegner, said. "She wouldn't win any points in the modern women's movement for that, but that's what she did, and did deliberately."

Sandy Herold, the owner of a chimpanzee who went berserk and mauled Ms. Herold's friend last year, died May 24 of a ruptured aortic aneurysm in Connecticut.

The 200-pound chimp, Travis, became violent after Ms. Herold and her friend, Charla Nash, tried to corral him at Ms. Herold's home in Stamford. The animal ripped Nash's face apart before he was killed by police. Nash's family later sued Ms. Herold for $50 million.

By Emma Brown  |  May 27, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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