Joanne HEYAMOTO (1953 - 2018)

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Joanne passed away peacefully with her family at her side on September 5, 2018 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on July 28, 1953 and is the daughter of Satoshi and Mary Terao. She was a graduate of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington State University in 1975. She was married to Doug Heyamoto for 31 years during which time they raised two sons, Scott and Curtis. She worked at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center as a registered nurse for 42 years where she was well respected by her co-workers and touched the lives of many patients and their families.

Joanne was full of life and energy. She had an infectious laugh that was contagious and brought smiles to our faces and brightened our days.

She enjoyed numerous indoor hobbies that included crocheting baby blankets, scrapbooking special trips and her son's accomplishments, dancing and listening to pop music (Paul and Elton were her favorites), playing Bunco with her girlfriends and trying to beat the "house" at blackjack and slots. She was a sports person in many ways, not only cheering for the Mariners, Cougars and Bulldogs, but playing softball, volleyball and golf.

Of all the activities that she loved, the game of tennis was her passion. As a doubles player she was the captain of many USTA teams and won many local and regional team tournaments. In 1999, she won the National Doubles Championship in Las Vegas with fellow Club partner Carol Oyler. She left a legacy at the Spokane Club with her competitive and fiery spirit, but more importantly balanced it with friendship, respect and admiration for all others that touched her life on the court.

She leaves behind her mother and father, Mary and Satoshi Terao, Spokane, WA; sons Scott (Erin) Heyamoto, Spokane, WA and Curtis (May) Heyamoto, Spokane WA; sister Emi (Don) Conant, Lacey, WA; granddaughter Reiko Heyamoto and loving nephews, relatives and many close friends.

A casual memorial service open to the public will be held at the Spokane Club valley location (5900 E. 4th Ave., Spokane Valley, WA) on Sunday, September 16th at 11AM, flat shoes only please.

A private ceremony for immediate family will be held at Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cherry Blossom Lawn, 211 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mei Dong at Cancer Care Northwest, the staff at Spokane Hospice House and all of Joanne's friends for their visits, loving prayers and compassionate care.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent on her behalf to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane county (

Joanne leaves us rich in memories and love.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 9, 2018