Joann Natter Otto Sanders

July 12, 1931 - April 5, 2021


JoAnn Natter Otto Sanders born July 12, 1931 in Salt Lake City passed away in her Washington home at Bonaventure of Puyallup Memory Care on April 5, 2021.  In her years of life, JoAnn loved her parents: Fred Arthur Natter and Kate Waterhouse, and her brothers Fred A Natter Jr (Ted), Richard A Natter (Dick), and Gary E Natter.  In the early 1940’s, the family moved to Bremerton, Washington where JoAnn grew up and attended Bremerton High School where she met Raymond Earl Otto.  They fell in love and JoAnn and Ray were married on June 23, 1951.  They raised a rambunctious family of five boys:  Raymond E Otto Jr, Ricky B Otto, Russell L Otto, Roger K Otto, and Rodney D Otto mostly living in Des Moines, Washington. She and her family are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints.

JoAnn experienced her husband, Ray, suddenly passing away on March 16, 1983 in their home from a heart attack.  A couple months later, her younger brother, Dick also passed away suddenly leaving his daughter, Heidi alone.  JoAnn immediately began raising her niece also.

On April 25, 1987 JoAnn married family friend and recent widower, Robert Raymond Sanders.  By joining families, she became “mom” to seven more children.  JoAnn and Bob retired when the youngest children left the home and they traveled about the United States for seven years finally choosing to settle in Mesa, AZ where they lived a highly active lifestyle.  Together they enjoyed tennis, pickleball, softball, shuffle ball, square dancing, and off-roading in their Jeep.

JoAnn reveled in various mediums of handywork often providing her talents as gifts to the family and displaying her craftsmanship in her home.

She is survived by her husband-Bob, brother-Gary, all her children, and a plethora of grandkids including great and great, great grandchildren…..100 +

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29 days ago

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. “Mrs. Otto” was such a fixture growing up across the street from us, never having a cross word, even when we filled the canoe up with water and added a garter snake or two.
You all are in my thoughts.
Joyce Stockman (Joycee)

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28 days ago

Aunt Jo was such a special person. She was always so excited to see us when we came home, and if they were traveling on the East Coast, they always came to visit us! You all were so lucky to have her in your life. She will forever be missed by all of us here in Jersey.