Peggy Humphreys, the former Peggy Frink whose family lived in Tama for many years, died on Dec. 29, 2012, in Santa Fe, N.M.
The Frink family moved to Tama in 1941 after Peggy had graduated from high school. After her graduation from the University of Iowa she taught one year in the Tama schools, teaching in both junior high and Latin at the high school and many of her former students still remember her well. She had a beautiful singing voice and while living in Tama often sang solos at the Methodist Church and when word spread she would be singing the sanctuary was often filled.
She moved then to New York City to continue her study of voice and remained there as a full or part-time resident over the next 50 years. In 1959 she married J.R. "Dick" Humphreys, a noted author and professor at Columbia University. That same year they traveled across the country compiling data and photographs for his book, "The Lost Towns and Roads of America."
Peggy Frink Humphreys
They paid a visit to Tama to visit Peggy's family and while there he made the decision to include several photos and a short description of Tama in the book which received wonderful reviews.
For many years they divided their time between New York and Santa Fe, NM, and in 1971 they purchased the home they still owned at the time of Peggy's death. Peggy had several successful careers including managing editor of the Knickerbocker Magazine, assistant dean of Sarah Lawrence College, sales director of the NM Tuberculosis Assn. Seal campaign, and copy editor for several national publishing companies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Gale and Helen Frink, her sister Marilyn, and her brother Lynn. She is survived by her brother Dick of Carmichael, Calif., and her sister Helen Strine of Caldwell, Idaho. She will be buried in Tipton, Iowa, next to her husband, parents, and infant brother, Spencer.