Marjorie Filley Stover was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1935, she taught school for two years. In 1937, she married John Ford Stover, a history professor with whom she had three children. The couple lived in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Texas, and Indiana for his career before finally retiring to Lincoln. In 1972, she published her first book for children, Trail Boss In Pigtails. It 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).