Shay E. Peckham, 17, Lime Springs

--obit-PeckhamShay E. Peckham, 17, died Sunday, July 14, 2013 in New Hampton, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco, Iowa, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Heritage Events Center. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Shay Elizabeth Peckham was born in Decorah, Iowa, on Feb. 8, 1996, the daughter of Jeff and Colleen (Conway) Peckham. She grew up on the farm northwest of Cresco, where she developed a strong love of the animals.

She received her education in the Notre Dame Elementary School, Crestwood Junior High, and would have started her senior year at Crestwood High School. Shay has been active in Crestwood volleyball, track and softball and was the boys basketball manager. She was a member of Crestwood FFA and the Millennium Masters 4-H Club. She played Granger-Florenceville softball in her younger years. Shay has shown cattle, sheep, dogs and horses at the Mighty Howard County Fair. She had two photographs she had shown at the fair that went on to the Iowa State Fair.

Shay loved the animals at the farm, especially Twinkletoes, her cow, Domino; her horse; the dogs, Grace, Calley, Willow, and Holly; and many cats. Her plans were to become a Vet Tech and work with animals and farm with her dad. She loved the outdoors, including farming and hunting with her dad, brothers and the Golden Ridge Gang.

Shay is survived by her parents, Jeff and Colleen Peckham and two brothers, Sawyer and Stone Peckham, all of Lime Springs, Iowa; her boyfriend, Jesse Johnson of New Hampton; paternal grandmother, Lorraine Peckham, and maternal grandparents, Don and Camilla Conway, all of Cresco; paternal great-grandmother, Irene Aarre of Preston, Minn.; aunts and uncles, Joy (Bill Caffrey) Peckham, and her children, Rebecca, Kyle and Lee, Jim Conway, Joellyn (Mike) Berg, and their children, Samantha (Jason) Hrdlicka, Tasha (Jerry Fay) Berg, David and Alex, Cari (Jamie) Hoppe and their children, Ethan, Alexis, Austin and Emmaly all of Cresco; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Steven Peckham; her uncle, John Peckham; paternal great-grandparents, Art and Geneva Peckham and Rueben Bigalk; and maternal great-grandparents, Jim and Ellen Conway and Robert and Adeline Shinstine.

Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home 404 North Elm Street, Cresco, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

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