Elizabeth B. Stover, 60, helped form veterans group

May 15, 2004

Elizabeth B. Stover, a homemaker who helped run a nonprofit organization for military veterans who had served under the legal age, died Sunday of complications after a heart transplant nearly three months ago at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. The Ellicott City resident was 60.

Born Elizabeth Bagaporo in Tigaon, Camarines Norte in the Philippines, she received her education there and married Allan C. Stover, a Northrop Grumman electronics engineer in 1968. He survives her.

The couple moved to Ellicott City in 1980, and she helped her husband form Veterans of Underage Military Service, a group of 2,000 members mainly made up of World War II, Korean and Vietnam military personnel who lied about their age so they could serve.

She and her husband -- who lied about his age to get into the military during the Korean War -- organized three national reunions for the group.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Grace Protzman and Natalie Flynn, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Emerlina Salazar, Myrna Asuncion and Heidi Canoy, all of the Philippines; a brother, Jose Bagaporo of the Philippines; and two grandchildren.

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