Inez Marie was the daughter of J. Mads and Emma (Jensen) Andersen and was born January 16, 1930 at Audubon. She grew up on a farm northwest of Audubon and attended rural school through the eighth grade. In 1948 she graduated from Audubon High School. Three years later she graduated from St. Anthony School of Nursing. She started working as a registered nurse at the Carroll Medical Center in Carroll.
On July 1, 1952, Inez was united in marriage with John Maurice Peckumn. To this union five children were born. She was a homemaker and also worked as an RN at the Guthrie County Hospital for 12 ½ years and the Bayard Care Center for a short time. Inez was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Bayard and taught Sunday school and served as chair of the Supportive Committee for twelve years. She was also a member of the Help U Club for many years, the Bayard American Legion Auxiliary, Bayard Busy Quilters and the Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club. Inez enjoyed all kinds of sewing, quilting and crocheting. She always had a large garden and raised beautiful flowers. She took pleasure in being outdoors, even mowing the yard. After her husband’s death in 1996, Inez remained on the farm south of Bayard for another year before moving into Bayard.
Inez was diagnosed with cancer, underwent treatment and her family was looking forward to her coming home. However, her health continued to decline. She died on Mar. 9 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 21 days.
Inez is survived by her children: Jerry Peckumn of Jefferson; Bill Peckumn of Bayard; Patti Edwardson of Jefferson; Mark Peckumn of Jefferson and Jane Peckumn of Lake City; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Wynona Wendt (Everett) of Audubon and other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death are her parents; in laws; husband and sister Helen Weber.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Mar. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Bayard with Pastor Charlene Wolfe officiating. Organist was Martha Wolf and music selections were Because He Lives, He Touched Me, In The Garden and Amazing Grace.
Casket bearers were her grandchildren: Christine Shah (Neil), Thomas Peckumn (Jessica), Benjamin Peckumn, Nicole Peckumn, Stephanie Wiskus (Andrew), Jeremiah Martin, Jessica Martin and Andy Martin. Honorary Casket Bearers were her great-grandchildren Zayley Martin, Zephiniah ‘Frankie’ Martin, Zara Martin and Jack Wiskus.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Mar. 12 at the Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard.
Interment will be at the Highland Township Cemetery in Bayard at a later date.
Ohde Funeral Home of Manning, 712-655-3416, www.ohdefuneralhome.com