Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 8, 2013

Laura Hotchkiss

Effingham Daily News

PIPERPON, Tenn. — Laura Lynn Hotchkiss, age 48, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 3, 2013.

Visitation was held Monday at the Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, Tenn. A memorial service was held at Tuesday at Central Church, Collierville. For those that knew and loved her, we ask that donations be made to the local humane society in her name in lieu of flowers so she can continue to care for animals as she always had a penchant to do. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 12, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Internment will take place in Avon Cemetery.

Born Feb. 29, 1964, to Gerald and Dianne Peck in Des Moines, Iowa, she has parted this world after celebrating only 12 birthdays, having been born on a leap day - entirely too few for such a lovely and loving woman. She shared a penchant for gag gifts and toys with her late grandmother, Lillian Schumacher, which would put a smile on anyone's face.

Having initially given up her college education to raise her children she proudly graduated with an ADN in May 2008 and was a licensed registered nurse. Throughout her life, she had the opportunity to share her love with a multitude of people. As anyone who knew her will say, such sweet and earnest souls are rare to come across, and she will be remembered as such by her loving husband, children, grandchildren and many friends.

Laurie is survived by her husband, Anthony "Tony" Hotchkiss; daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Derek Gordon and their daughter, Payten Lynn; son, Aric Hotchkiss; parents, Gerald and Diane Peck; as well as a grandfather; brother; and sister; and many loved cousins; nephews; and nieces.