Marie Fern (Bartholomew) Grover, 97, Dodge City, formerly of Hays, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at Manor of the Plains, Dodge City.

She was born Dec. 22, 1920, in rural Rooks County to Earl R. and Alice (Hale) Bartholomew. She attended the Mt. Lebanon one-room school until the family moved to Stockton in 1931. She was a 1938 graduate of Stockton High School and a 1942 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor of art’s degree in zoology. She married Loren Grover in 1942 in Stockton. He preceded her in death in 1950. During the years of their marriage, they moved around the country from base to base while he was in the Marine Corps. In 1950, she moved to Hays, where she resided until 2016, then moved to Dodge City.

She was active in the First United Methodist Church, Hays, being a charter member of First United Methodist Women, Ruth Circle. She was a charter member of the Hadley Hospital Auxiliary, active in Girl Scouts when her daughters were young, a member of P.E.O. Chapter EC, a member of Sorosis Club and vice president of the Fort Hays Alumni Society.

Her lifelong hobby was the study and observation of birds of all kinds.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Abbey and husband, Thayne, Patricia Kolb and husband, Dan, all of Dodge City and Barbara Bootman and husband, Steve, McKinney, Texas; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grand-children; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert E. Bartholomew in 1924; two sisters, Elizabeth Alice (Bartholomew) Walter in 2011 and Ethel Roberta (Bartholomew) Mock in 2017.

Her ashes will be scattered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bow Creek Cemetery in Phillips County.

There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Hays or Elam Bartholomew Herbarium in care of the Sternberg Museum in Hays.

Condolences can be left for the family at at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.