JoAnn Otten passed away on Thursday October 18, 2018 in Tulsa OK at the age of 75. She was born March 4, 1943 in Tahlequah OK to Ross and Christine Robbins. JoAnn was the proud mother of 2 children, Scott Otten, and
Christi Anderson both from Tahlequah.
JoAnn graduated from Northeastern State College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She was the first in her family to complete a college education and did so by earning a Cherokee female seminary scholarship.
She went on to pursue a career in NSU athletics as administrative assistant and retired after 30 years of service.
The only thing that could supersede her passion for sports was her love for her family. JoAnn has 2 children and 4 grandchildren that are her absolute pride and joy. She never hesitated to brag on them and talked about them to anyone
that would listen.
JoAnn loved to travel when she was physically well enough to do so. She loved the water in particular. Whether it was spending summers in a lawn chair at Elk Creek, poolside at a hotel in Branson Missouri, or lounging on the beaches
of Hawaii, she was fortunate enough to be able to make memories with her family on several such occasions which made her very happy.
JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents Ross and Christine Robbins, and her brother Richard.
She is survived by her son Scott Otten and his wife Christen; her daughter Christi Anderson and her grandchildren Hunter, Olivia, Kolbi, and Lily, as well as a host of other friends and relatives.
My thoughts are with the family. Joann was a wonderful person.
Kathleen SchunemannTahlequah, OK
Christi and Scott my prayers are with you today and the many days to come. Your mom was a wonderful woman and a blessing to have been a big part of my child hood. Love hugs and prayers to you both and your families.
Jeannie Workman BunchTahlequah, OK
Our thoughts and prayers are with Christi and your family. Im sorry for your loss.
Rhonda ClarkTahlequah, OK
This wonderful lady was such an amazing mommy and grandmommy, I have so many great memories of her being silly, giving advice and I'll never forget the trip to New Orleans and our wrong turn in the ghetto. She will be greatly missed. All my love to her kids and grandkids. Love you Joann.
Amy EdwardsTahlequah, OK
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and loved your momma. We’re here if you need anything.
Jami and Michael MurphyTahlequah, OK
I'm so sorry to hear of Joann's passing. I had the privilege to meet Joann when I was attending college at NSU. I worked in the Athletic dept. thru a work study program while attending school at NSU. Joann was working there as well. She was a very nice lady, who was always willing to help anyone and seemed to take care of everyone in the dept. I know she will be missed by her family very much so. My prayers and thoughts are with you family. May GOD hold you all close to him at this time
Lisa TurtleTahlequah, OK
I will dearly miss her. I will treasure the few times I got to visit and talk with her. She was a wealth of knowledge and I only got to see a page or two of her life.
My condolences to her lovely family. May God give you comfort and peace.
Debby NodineTahlequah, OK