Marjorie Stover

Marjorie Filley Stover, 98

Marjorie Filley Stover, 98, died Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 in Tucson, AZ. She was born June 23rd, 1914, in Lincoln, NE, the daughter of H.C. Filley, and Creta Warner Filley, both of whom preceded her in death.

Marjorie received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska in 1935. During her time there she was an active member of the Palladian Literary Society, serving as its Vice Chairman for one or more years. Following college, she taught school for 2 years in Curtis, NE.

On August 21, 1937, she married John Ford Stover, and was very happily married for almost 70 years until the time of his death in 2007. With him she lived in Teaneck, NJ as a newly wed, Madison, WI as a young mother, San Antonio, TX during the war years, West Lafayette, IN while her children were growing up and her husband was a history professor at Purdue, and finally Lincoln NE, as a retiree. She taught school for several years at Bergen Junior College, and later, briefly at Purdue University.

Marjorie and John had three children, John, Bob, and Charry, and she was a loving and devoted mother. In 1972, Marjorie published her first book, Trail Boss In Pigtails. This was followed by Chad and the Elephant Engine (1975), Patrick and the Great Molasses Explosion (1985), When the Dolls Woke (1985), and Midnight in the Dollhouse (1990).

Preceding her in death are husband John, son Robert Vernon, sisters Dorothy and Edith Filley, and brother Vernon Filley.

She is survived by daughter Charry Stover of Tucson, AZ, son John Stover of Tucson, John's children Margaux (Tucson), Rhys (New York), Shelly (Los Angeles), and Sean (Nashville), and Shelly's children, Ayla and Emiana. She also leaves behind her son Bob's daughter, Carissa Marino of Chevy Chase, MD, and Carissa's children Jack, Will, Charlie, and Nick.

Funeral services were held in Lincoln, NE at the First Plymouth Congregational Church, on Thursday May 2nd, 2013, followed by burial at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials should be sent to Roper & Sons, 4300 O St., Lincoln, NE 68510, for a Marjorie Stover writing award at the University of Nebraska.

Charry can be reached at

Published in the Journal & Courier from May 11 to May 12, 2013