Deanne Ranee Hughes, age 43 of Troy, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at her residence. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Troy with Father Den Irwin officiating. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the chapel of Green Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Green Hills Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. David Zorn and the Rev. Rick Hayes officiating and Green Hills Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 7, 1969, in Sharon, Penn. She was athletic and active from an early age, playing little league as a catcher and making the all-star team as a 12-year-old. She ran track and was one of eight in the county to compete at Penn State University. She was a cheerleader at Notre Dame School in Hermitage, Penn., and a star basketball player. She moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1984, and played high school basketball, ran cross-country and played softball. She was named MVP of the basketball program her senior year and helped lead her high school softball team to the state championship game.
After graduating from high school, she played on the Illusions travel softball team from Auburndale, Fla., and was named All-American Shortstop after the championship game in Texas. She attended Heston College in Kansas for one year before injuring her knee. She earned a scholarship to play softball at Troy State University, where she was named All-American and before graduating in 1992. She was interim at coach for Troy’s softball team for one year.
She taught and coached at Hooper Academy and at a Pike Liberal Arts School before moving to Goshen High School 13 years ago. At Goshen, she was head coach of the volleyball team and the Lady Eagles softball team, taking the softball team to state tournaments three years in a row. She was named coach of the year in the state of Alabama in 2011 and 2012 and area coach of the year in 2013. Her volleyball teams won one regional championship and three area championships. She also worked as a private pitching instructor for area softball players.
She is survived by her parents, Robert A. Scott and Nancy L. Scott of Sarasota, Fla.; her husband, Michael Hughes; a son, Grant Michael Hughes; three daughters, Haley Ranee Hughes, Holly Nicole Hughes and Hanna Marie Hughes; three brothers, Robert Scott of Jacksonville, Fla., Rich Scott of Troy and Ron Scott of South Bound Brook, N.J.; and a sister, Darlene Raiti of West Middlesex, Penn.
Pallbearers will be Robert Scott, Rich Scott, Ron Scott, Tom Finnigan, Tyler Finnigan, Matt Raiti, Marc Smith and Rex Grant. Honorary pallbearers will be the Goshen High School softball and volleyball teams.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made payable to the Goshen High School Girls Softball Field Fund c/o Pike County Board of Education, 100 West Love St., Troy, Ala., 36081.
Family and friends can sign the guest book at greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hughes family.