Payton Nichole Hand, 12, of Elk Point, South Dakota, left footprints in our hearts when she earned her angel wings November 12, 2012, at the Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Payton was a fighter until the end during her long and courageous battle with leukemia.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elk Point, South Dakota.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Erik Olson officiating. Since Payton's favorite color was purple, please feel free to wear purple in honor of her.
Payton was born September 26, 2000, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Donald Hand and Amy (Wohler) Koeppe. Payton was a vivacious young girl that loved life every day, no matter what challenges the day brought. She always had an infectious smile on her face as well as a silly joke to share.
Payton's heart was always full of love, especially when it came to her love for animals, friends, and family. She attended school in Vermillion, South Dakota, and was well known in the Elk Point-Jefferson schools where her brothers attended after her diagnosis.
Payton is survived by her mother, Amy Koeppe, of Elk Point; her father, Donald Hand of Cherokee, Iowa; her step-father, James Koeppe of Elk Point; her brothers, Austin Hand and Chance Koeppe of Elk Point; her nana and papa, Doug and Tammy Wohler of Elk Point; her grandparents, Dawne and Wes Coffee of Richland, South Dakota; her grandparents, Scott and Cindy Koeppe of South Sioux City, Nebraska; her great-aunt, Lori Jerred of Vermillion; and her great-grandma, Betty Spicer of Sioux Falls.
Payton is joining heaven with her great-grandpa, Lee Spicer; her great-great-grandma, Tootie Spicer; her great-great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Polchow; her great-uncle, Lorin Wohler; her aunt, Kimmy Koeppe; and her great-grandma, Rose Isom.
Services have been entrusted to Kober Funeral Home of Elk Point, South Dakota.
Condolences may be posted online at www.koberfuneralhome.com.