Barbara Stover

Barbara Jean Stover A resident of San Jose for more than 54 years Passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was born November 19, 1923 to John and Dora Huffman in Pittsburg, Kansas. Barbara was a gifted storyteller who kept all who knew her entertained by her madcap stories. She loved to make people laugh and was known to 'not let the truth get in the way of a good story.' She leaves a legacy of unwavering support and kindness to those in need, demonstrated by her many years volunteering as a court-appointed Child Advocate, a Surrogate Parent and a member of PEO. She was devoted to the Friendly Visitors program for seven years, and the day before her passing she visited an elderly woman who had nobody else in her life. Her life's passion was helping others, especially children. Barbara was presented The Distinguished Service Award by Child Advocates of Santa Clara County in 1989. She was awarded the D9 Star for dedicated and extraordinary volunteer work as a surrogate parent for district 9, which was presented by Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council in 2008 and was given the Junior League of San Jose Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 1995. The Santa Clara Office of Education presented Barbara with an award in 2006 for volunteering at the schools. Barbara taught kindergarten at Franklin School for many years and returned after retirement as a volunteer reader. She was also a member of Willow Glen United Methodist Church for 54 years. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Francis G. Stover. Barbara is survived by her children Charles (Flo) Stover, Jeanne (Tom) Knatcher, Susan (Howard) Friedman, Donald Stover and Russell Stover. She is also survived by her grandchildren Maura, Erin and Thomas Byrne, Jessica and Ariella Friedman and Scott and Sarah Stover and her great-granddaughter Brooke Chisolm. There will be a memorial at Willow Glen United Methodist Church on January 12th at 2:00 p.m. The family requests no flowers, but memorials in Barbara's name may be sent to Child Advocates.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 28, 2012