Shay Peckham, 17, of Lime Springs
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:53 AM
Shay Elizabeth Peckham died Sunday, July 14, 2013, from injuries sustained in a car and motorcycle accident near Protivin, Iowa.
She 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. She has been active in Crestwood volleyball, track and softball, and was the boys basketball manager.
She was a member of the Crestwood FFA and the Millennium Master 4H Club. She played Granger-Florenceville softball in her younger years. She has shown cattle, sheep, dogs, and horses at the Mighty Howard County Fair. She had two photographs that she had shown at the fair and went on to the Iowa State Fair.
She loved the animals at the farm, especially Twinkletoes, her cow, Domino, her horse, and 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.
She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Colleen Peckham; two brothers, Sawyer and Stone Peckham, all of Lime Springs; her boyfriend, Jesse Johnson of New Hampton, Iowa; paternal grandmother, Lorraine Peckham, and maternal grandparents, Don and Camilla Conway, all of Cresco; paternal great-grandmother, Irene Aarre of Preston; aunts and uncles and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Steven Peckham; an 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.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Notre Dame Parish Church in Cresco. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Heritage Events Center in Cresco.