Ethel Lee Johnson

November 6, 2022


Ethel Lee Johnson, 83, passed away on November 6, 2022. Ethel was born in Tazewell, VA to the late Mary Shaw on March 23, 1939.

She was preceded in death by her mother and by her dear friend and companion, O.C. Moore, Jr.

She is survived by her son Dennis Johnson (Kathy) of Yorktown VA; daughter Kimberly Brown (Walter) of Chesapeake VA; grandchildren Patrick, April, Kristin, and Olivia; and great-grandchildren Shelby and Lucas.

Ethel was a talented artist who enjoyed embroidery and painting. Her love of painting and sketching morphed into adult coloring later in her life. She was a National Beta Club member, an avid reader, enjoyed ballroom dancing, love western movies and TV shows, and was a Red Cross rare blood donor.

Ethel was always ahead of her time. She went back to high school during the day to get her high school diploma at age 33 and was her class Salutatorian in 1972. She had many careers throughout her life, but she loved her job as a life insurance underwriter and insurance specialist earning her LUTCF and Blue Sky securities designations. Ethel also worked as a construction site manager for English Construction. Ethel secretly assisted many battered and abandoned women, helping them to establish new lives.

Ethel will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  We especially want to thank the kind and loving staff at Georgian Manor Nursing Home in Chesapeake VA and Westminister-Canterbury Hospice for their loving care of our mother.

Condolences may be left at The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to two of Ethel’s favorite charities Boys Town and the Southwest Indian Foundation.

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Karen (West) Rollins
1 year ago

Very sorry for your loss. Dennis, I remember your mom so well in the halls of PHS. God bless.

Gary Riggins
1 year ago

Dennis and Kim, I am sorry to hear about your mom. She was a special lady and always made me feel welcomed when I was at your house. I will keep you in my prayers.

Mary Lou Roaseau
1 year ago

Saddened to hear of Ethel’s passing. Thinking of her brings back memories of my childhood when visiting with family was how we spent Sunday afternoons. My condolences to Dennis Wayne and Kim.
Love, Mary Lou

Garry Bunting
1 year ago

Sadden to hear of Ethel’s passing. As a classmate she impressed upon many of us the importance of education and the fact that you can never be too old to learn. Dennis and Kim, sympathies to you and your families.