Debra L. "Deb" Hicks, 47, Terre Haute, died at 3:15 p.m., Friday, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute.
Born Sept. 27, 1960, in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of William and Mary (Rogers) tanner.
She was a 1978 graduate of Terre Haute North High School.
Deb was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who loved working in her yard and cooking for her family.
She spent many hours caring for her dogs and cats and taking care of her fish tanks. Her two main passions were watching her son Austin and grandson Dyllon play baseball. Also in her younger and not so younger years playing softball. She started very young and played several years of M.S.A. softball, where she won many individual and team honors. At age 17, she pitched and won the championship game of the Women's Major Division Fastpitch State Tournament with the Terre Haute Chevettes.
She added another state championship to her resume in 1985 when her Terre Haute Chrysler Plymouth Slow pitch team won the Women's Major State Championship. She also played co-ed softball for many years as co-coach and leftfielder for the Tanner family team that later became known as Debron, which competed at the highest level statewide. For her tremendous success on the softball field, she has been nominated to be inducted to the Indiana A.S.A. Softball Hall of Fame.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents William and Clara Tanner and William and Edith Rogers, and aunts Mary Ruth Hayes and Betty Brown.
Survivors included her husband Ronald Lee Hicks, parents William Tanner and Mary Tanner, daughter Lindsay, step-daughter Amie Antes and husband Dan, son Austin, step-son Kevin Hicks and wife Jennifer, sisters Marilyn James and husband David, Beth Watts and husband Cyle, Lisa Backfish and husband Gary, Vicki Knust and husband Mike, brother David Tanner and wife Patty, grandchildren Dyllon Ware-Sierra, Ella and Elijah Antes-Addison and Kaden Hicks and one expected, many nieces and nephews and mother-in-law Lois Hicks Morge.
Services will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home, 2425 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, with Rev. Ryan Doyle officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terre Haute Humane Society.