Daughter of Cullen and Bessie Holley was born in Edenton, North Carolina on July 14, 1937.
Ethel later met Samuel Johnson, Sr., and were married. Ethel and Samuel relocated to New York and started their family.
They moved to Amsterdam Houses and it was here the family grew to a total of six loving children; Debra, Samuel, Jr, Jessie, Gerard, Anthony and Gregory. As her children grew older, she went to work for a company as a telephone operator. She would later work for the Department of Education as a paraprofessional assisting children who needed extra help. She worked at Martin Luther King High School and later at Music and Arts High School. Ethel graduated from Adelphi College with a Master's Degree. Her career would later take her to Fiorella H. LaGuardia High Sschool of Music and Performing Arts. Then she went to work at the Heritage School for Teen Moms. After a very fulfilling career, Ethel retired in 2000. Even with working, she took good care of her family. Ethel was known to the community as a friend. She loved people and people love her more.
After a brief illness, Ethel departed this life and began her eternal journey on September 29, 2021. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Debra, Samuel, Jr., Jessie, Gerard, Anthony and Gregory; her grandchildren, Samantha, Cerissa, Alshea, Floyd and Sylvester; great-grandchildren, Julius, Caiden and Jade; her long time companion, Kelly and a host of other relatives, community and friends.
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