Arvette Denise Johnson

Sunrise: April 20, 1975

Sunset: December 17, 2023

Arvette Denise Johnson, 48, of Norfolk, VA has been called home to be with our Lord. She was received with open arms to join her loving parents, McKinley and Alfreda Ford and her son, Michael Clemons Jr. Aka Mike-Mike. Arvette was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Mckinley M. Ford Jr. and Alfreda S. Ford. She was the apple of her parents’ eye and spoiled immensely amongst the family. Vette would do whatever she pleased; she may have been reprimanded for it, but she would get away with it. Vette had a huge heart and would do just about anything for those who were near and dear to her. She had a contagious smile, an affectionate laughter, and a sweet soothing voice. Anyone that knows her, knew don’t let that sweet quiet voice fool you because if you crossed her, she would definitely let you have it! Vette was loved by many, but she had a very small circle and if you were in that circle, she enjoyed spending time with the ones that were near and dear to her heart. She had a light spirit about her and with that she loved to laugh, she loved to dance, she loved to joke around and play pranks on others as well as being pranked, and she loved giving her love and being loved by the ones that shared their love with her in return. 

Vette had an amazing bond with her husband, brother, children, grandchildren and friends. If you see Vette anywhere her husband, best friend, confidant, partner for life Kidd would not be too far from her. They shared some amazing years together. Kidd and Vette have taken care of each other from day one and he remained by her side till the very end. Vette had a very special relationship with her brother, Beaver. They will talk 3-4 times a day and every weekend they will have breakfast with each other. She adored her children, her heart was broken when she loss her son Mike-Mike, but she remained supportive and loving to her daughters, Shica aka Hollywood, Malika aka Muffin and Malajah aka Ladybug which she affectionately called them. Her girls will talk to her all day throughout the day, and they will share jokes, pranks, music/dance, food, stories and pictures between each other. Her children were her everything. She will attend dance competitions, parties, games, outings or just about anything whenever her children requested her presence. 

Arvette was an ear of comfort to many, and she had a big heart. She was the CEO of Sparkle Daycare, and she has done an amazing job taking care of so many children in the community. Vette will tell you she doesn’t really care for adults, but she LOVED children. Her daycare children were her heart. She will go above and beyond to decorate, have a party and celebrate every holiday and every last one of the children’s birthdays. She was so great to all her children and their families. 

Arvette was preceded in death by her mother, Alfreda Ford, her father, McKinly Ford Jr and her son, Michael Clemons Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband Robert Johnson/Kidd of Norfolk, her big baby brother, McKinley Ford III/Beaver (Lachana) of Chesapeake, her loving daughters; Yashica C. Ford (Stephen) of Norfolk, Malika D. Eberthardt (William) of Chesapeake and Malajah Chapman of PA. Her beautiful grandchildren Aisha, Khyra, Samarien, Sa’mere, Samii, Alexis, Shamar, Michael aka Beanie and the little baby muffin that is still baking in the oven. Her best friend over 30 years Debrina Brown (Brina/Bre) and her very close friend Ernestine Mitchell (Cookie) who she cherished and they shared so many conversations, secrets, laughs and cries with each other. She also leaves to cherish her memories a host of aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, especially her favorite cousin Martavia Ford. 

Vette played a different role in all our lives, wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. No matter what the love we have for her is one. What she’s giving to us no one can ever replace. Vette is a sparkle in Heaven and her presence and love here on Earth will truly be missed. 

Viewing: Tuesday, December 26, 2023 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia Celebration of Life: Wednesday, December 27, 2023 2:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia

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    Trina mitchell says

    To vett family my name is Trina and my mom mrs Shirley used to live beside y’all out stoney point I like to send my condolences for the passing of your mom. I will be attending another funeral in berkerly that same day so I just want you to know that y’all are in my prayers.

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    Nathan Brown says

    Words will never be able to express the difficulty that the family is facing right now. However, wrap yourselves in the arms of Lord and his presence knowing that Vett is home with The Father. Live every moment to the fullest and smile the way she would every chance we get. GOD BLESS!!!

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    Robert H lewis says

    I am so sorry for your loss. Robert may the God of all peace. Comfort your heart and your family and Jesus name ,Bro Robert ♥️.

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    Rhonda R White says

    My heart is broken all the way from New York. I wish I could be there. I will miss your smile and your laugh. I love you sister!!! We didn’t speak often But you know you were always in my heart and always will be. Love always your big sister only by a few days I love you purple princess.

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    Rhonda White says

    My heart is broken all the way from New York. I wish I could be there. I will miss your smile and your laugh. I love you sister!!! We didn’t speak often But you know you were always in my heart and always will be. Love always your big sister only by a few days I love you purple princess.

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    Arnessa Horton says

    My heart is broken..My Ace my friend my sister from another mother has gain her wings…tho our heart was not ready…God was when call for his child to come home…Imma really miss Ace…send my deepest condolences to ur family that u had to leave behind…I love y’all…& I’m praying for strength in y’all time of need…Imma be looking for that purple sparkle in the sky…💜💜💜💜
    Forever Arvette💜💜💔💔

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    Malika Johnson says

    To the entire family I send my heartfelt condolences. My name is Malika Johnson and I grew up with Vette in Virginia Beach before moving back to NY. We were super tight and she named her daughter after me. I’m so sorry for your loss and would love to meet Malika one day as Vette and I discussed. I love you Vette and this truly broke my heart. God has gained an Angel. You are all in my prayers.

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      Bre says

      Up thinking about & missing you 😔 Breezy & DeeBo say they miss you too 🫶🏾 We love you girl 💜💜💜💜💜

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    Keisha konigbagbe says

    To my beautiful sister miss Diva herself she will miss u like crazy I will always love u forever my Dear sister u can now rest 💜💜💜💜

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    Shenita Howard says

    Still seems unreal that you are gone cousin vette but you are with Mike Mike again. I can see yall smiling big seeing each other. fly high watch over us you loved and missed 🙏🏽

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