Peggy Jo Hammel

Peggy Jo Hammel

Moscow, Idaho

January 2, 1951 - December 17, 2016

Peggy Jo Hammel, 65, of Moscow, Idaho, passed away on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016 at her home.

Peggy was born Jan. 2, 1951, in Idaho Falls to Lorenzo “Tack” and Joan Kimball. Her family lived in several locations in Ore. and Idaho during her early childhood years, following her father, who worked in construction on the hydroelectric dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Her family settled in The Dalles, Ore., in 1961. Peggy graduated from Wahtonka High School in The Dalles where she was a cheerleader and the Homecoming queen her senior year. Following graduation, Peggy attended an apparel design school in Portland, then furthered her education at Oregon State University.

Peggy and John first met at a dance in The Dalles in 1967, when she, a very attractive young girl in a mini-dress with a vivacious personality, asked John, a somewhat socially slow farm boy from Dufur, Ore., to dance. This meeting blossomed quickly into a childhood romance and the beginning of their lives together. She and John were married on Aug. 26, 1972, at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles. Following their wedding, they lived in Corvallis while John completed his education at Oregon State University. They then moved to Pullman, Wash., where John attended Washington State University for another 5 years. Peggy’s love, strength and support during these years were invaluable to him. They moved to Athens, Ga., in 1979, when John accepted a position at the University of Georgia. While this was an enriching experience for both, Peggy’s desire to be closer to home and family brought them back to Moscow and the University of Idaho in 1982. Peggy worked as a Program Manager for the Idaho Water Resource and Research Institute at the University before retiring in 2003. She loved her work at the Institute and cherished the relationships she formed with many faculty and staff. She had many fond memories of her time at the University of Idaho.

Peggy and John have two children, Nicole (Niki), born in 1977 and Joshua, born in 1985. Niki and Josh were truly the loves of her life. She considered them her greatest achievements. Peggy was a devoted mother and an unwavering advocate for them, and their greatest cheerleader. Niki and Josh relied on her as a trustworthy confidant; between she and her children, there were many “Dad doesn’t need to know” moments. Her five grandchildren were the light of her life causing her many smiles, laughs and lots of hugs. Peggy cherished her time with them, watching them compete in sports, and attending events at their schools. Peggy was a doting grandmother and considered it her right and privilege to spoil them.

She was an excellent and talented seamstress. She sewed many of her own dresses and clothing for her kids. Peggy made the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses for her sister Shannon’s wedding. She was a superb cook, and cooking was her avid passion. Peggy’s parties and dinners were considered “must attend” events by her friends and university colleagues. She prepared the wedding cakes and most of the food for the wedding receptions of her nieces and nephews. Her greatest joy was preparing large and sumptuous dinners for the family during the holidays. Without any doubt to family, Peggy was the most giving person of all.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 44 years, John, at their Moscow home; her daughter, Nicole Payton; and her son, Joshua Hammel and his wife, Tanya, of Pullman, Wash. She also leaves her grandchildren; Jacob and Kylie Payton; Shaylynn Hammel; Landen Sprauge; and Trevyn Hammel; a sister, Shannon Lindell and her husband, Hal, of Tygh Valley, Ore.; a brother, Kelly Kimball of The Dalles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Mike Mace; and her sister, Kim Dittmar.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow, Idaho. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center. A Rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral mass.

Burial and final services will be at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in The Dalles, Ore.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Humane Society of Palouse, or to St. Mary’s School Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, Idaho and online condolences may be sent to


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