Stover, Elizabeth "Liz" Alma
The Honorable Elizabeth "Liz" Stover, retired Maricopa County Superior Court Judge, died on October 11, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 88. Born April 15, 1926 in Deming, New Mexico to Bertha and Nimrod Henry Stover, she loved to tell stories of her father as a telegrapher for the Southern Pacific Railroad and of her mother as a teacher in a one-room school house. Elizabeth graduated from ASU in Tempe, and went on to be one of the few women to graduate early on from the U of A Law School. She was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1954. While practicing law in Phoenix she ran for Arizona Attorney General in 1970. Active in the Greater Phoenix Council for Civic Unity, she fought to end segregation in Arizona during the civil rights era. Elizabeth was sworn in as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge in 1980, serving until 1996 when she retired. After retirement she was honored for her years of providing pro-bono legal work, receiving the "For the Love of Justice" award in 2006 from the Volunteer Lawyers Association. Elizabeth was an avid gardener, baseball fan, opera and jazz enthusiast and movie buff, having collected countless vintage and contemporary films and records. Elizabeth will be remembered as an inspirational and caring mentor in her family. "You will live on in our hearts with love, forever and ever." Elizabeth is survived by her son David Stover, daughter Rachel Stover, son-in-law William Barg, and her three grandchildren of Tucson. She is also survived by five nieces; Betsy (Rob) Rotondo, Marguerite (Cesar) Hinojosa, Katie (Roberto) Moreno, Mary (Scott) Shepherd of Phoenix and niece Edie (Jessie) Farias of Maine. Her family includes eight grandnieces and grandnephews. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her daughter Amy Stover-George, sister Clara Jordan, and brother Edward Stover. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on November 22, 2014, 11:00 AM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4027 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, friends may choose to donate to one of the many charities which she supported: Shriners Hospitals for Children
, Children International, Lupus Foundation of America, Project Hope, Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. Condolences can be sent to: Rachel and David Stover 3849 E. Broadway Blvd., #182, Tucson, AZ 85716.
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Published by The Arizona Republic on Nov. 9, 2014.