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Joan (Sharp) Latter

June 1, 1925 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 93)

Joan (Sharp) Latter died peacefully at her home in Nampa, Idaho, on February 28, 2019. Joan was 93 years old. She was born on June 1, 1925 in Nampa, Idaho to Guy and Leah Sharp.

            She lived in several different locations across the Northwest and Canada ending in Nampa, Idaho where her father became a professor at Northwest Nazarene College. She graduated from College High and attended Northwest Nazarene College before moving to California where she met her future husband Harold.

            She married Harold Frederick Latter, Jr. on February 1, 1947 who preceded her in death on November 1, 2018. Together they raised their two children, Harold Frederick Latter III and Carol Margaret, in Piedmont and Moraga, California.

            Joan and Harold retired to Nampa, Idaho, from Walnut Creek, California, in 1992 to be close to their children and grandchildren. They became members of College Church of the Nazarene, where Joan was also a Charter Member.

            She loved crocheting hats for cancer patients, blankets to give to friends, as well as dish cloths which she gave away on multiple occasions. She sent out birthday and anniversary cards to friends, relatives, and everyone in her large Sunday School Class at College Church of the Nazarene. She also loved singing and over the years lead children’s choirs, sang in adult choirs and most recently the senior choir at College Church. The many things she did were truly a labor of love and her steadfast Christian faith was a cornerstone of who she was as a person.   

            She is survived by her sister Harriet Sharp VanDeursen, Olympia, WA; son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Chris Latter, Katy, Texas and daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Lonnie Garmire, Nampa, Idaho; five grandsons, Ryan Latter, Boise; Michael Garmire, Nampa; Daniel Latter, Katy, Texas; David Garmire, Nampa  and Tim Latter, Katy, Texas and 7 great grandchildren.

            Family, friends and others who want to celebrate Joan’s life are invited to the Memorial Service on Thursday, May 2, at 3:00 at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave in Nampa, Idaho.            

            The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Guy E. Sharp Scholarship Fund at Northwest Nazarene University, Attn: Heather Bryant, 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, Idaho 83686.

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