Virginia Lee Hughes

May 19, 1941 – June 12, 2022

With sadness and great love, the family of Virginia Lee Hughes announces her passing on June 12, 2022 at Five Star Residences of Clearwater in Indianapolis.

She was born on May 19, 1941 in Noblesville, to William and Peg (Carmack) Deppen.

Mrs. Hughes graduated from Jackson Central High School in 1959. Her future husband, John E. Hughes, was one year ahead of her at JCHS. They were married on August 25, 1963. They lived in Ohio while John was stationed at Lockbourne Air Force Base and then they returned home to Indiana, residing mostly in Noblesville. Together, they had a daughter, Peggy. Peggy married Steve Wood, who, it turns out, would be one of her favorite people. Mrs. Hughes was widowed when John passed away in 1996. There was never anyone to take his place.

She was a graduate of Indiana Business College. She served as an administrative assistant to several bank presidents, the Hamilton County Auditor, and the Hamilton County Engineer. Mrs. Hughes retired from Hamilton County in 2007 after 20 years of service. She also worked for Randall & Roberts as a greeter for 10+ years.

She loved watching Erin play basketball and then go on to coach the sport. She was thrilled to be a part of Erin and Glen’s wedding and over the moon when great-granddaughter, Penny Lane, was born 10 months ago.

Mrs. Hughes was a Purdue fan and would often engage in playful banter over the Old Oaken Bucket contest with her many cream and crimson minded peers. She also looked forward to taking small trips with her friends. She was an active member of Union United Methodist Church where she helped lead the singing during worship. Her lifelong love of music was most evident in her long running commitment as a member of the Hamilton County Silvernotes, a part of the Indian Extension Homemakers. For many years, Mrs. Hughes sang alto, served in various roles for the choir, and sold elephant ears at the 4-H Fair. Most importantly, she treasured the friendships that she developed through the group.

Survivors include her younger brother Bill Deppen; granddaughter Erin (Glen) Collier; great-granddaughter Penny Lane; sister-in-law Debbie (Norman) Goode; and many loved nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her husband John Hughes; and older sister Judith Byrd

Services for Mrs. Hughes are planned for Friday, June 17th at Randall and Roberts Funeral Home at 1150 Logan St. in Noblesville. Visitation is scheduled to be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with the service scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers, Indiana following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamilton County Silvernotes, c/o Hamilton County Extension Office, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, IN 46060 (please make checks payable to Hamilton County Choral Club); or Union United Methodist Church, 19090 DeShane Avenue, Noblesville, IN 46060.

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