Earthen E. Johnson

Sunrise: July 17, 1983

Sunset: February 3, 2024

Earthen Elizabeth Johnson was born July 17, 1983 in Hampton, Virginia to Mrs. Joyce V. Johnson and Dr. Melvin R. Johnson, both residents of Suffolk, VA.  She was the youngest of three siblings and resided in Pennsauken and Cherry Hill, New Jersey for the past 19 years.  On Saturday, February 3, 2024, our beloved Earthen was called home to be with the Lord at the age of 40 after a brave 3-year battle with colon cancer.  She passed away peacefully at her parent’s home surrounded by the love of family.

Earthen was educated in the York County, Virginia Public School System graduating from Grafton High School in 2000.  She received her BA in History and American Studies from the University of Virginia in 2004 and her JD from Drexel University Kline School of Law in 2011. Earthen’s career started with the Teach For America organization where she taught 3rd grade in Camden, NJ and was a Program Director.  After law school, she became an Associate with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath LLC in Philadelphia specializing in Securities & Corporate Finance. In her most recent job, Earthen served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President at Macquarie Investment Management. She was also an adjunct law professor at Drexel University where she taught the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Seminar. 

Baptized at an early age at Zion Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, Earthen led a very active and vibrant life. She enjoyed yoga, reading, college & national sports (especially UVA!), spa days, and adventurous travel. Earthen served on the board for several organizations serving the youth and was a Trustee on the UVA Young Alumni Council. She was also a proud member of Chi Omega Sorority Inc. where she served as House Corporation Board Co-President of the Beta Alpha Chapter at U Penn. 

Service Thursday, February 15, 2024 11:00am Calvary Revival Church 5833 Poplar Hall Drive Norfolk, VA 23502 Interment Hampton Memorial Gardens 155 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666

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    Frank B. Felder, Jr. says

    Sending prayers of comfort to the family. May God comfort you during this time and His peace keep always.

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    Sandra A. J. Lawrence (Delaware Funds Trustee) says

    Wishing that your many, warm memories will comfort you during this difficult time

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    Jan Yeomans says

    Knowing Earthen was a great privilege and a true gift. Her wonderful spirit will remain with me always.

    Please accept my sincere condolences as you celebrate her life and her memory.

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    Ann Borowiec says

    Earthen was such a kind and giving person. It was a privilege to work with her. She will be missed by so many. Sending prayers to your family.

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    Lynn Hamilton says

    Earthen was such a lovely person and a wonderful colleague. She touched so many people in a positive way. I am so very sorry for your loss and I send prayers to your family.

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    CHERYL D Dalis says

    Cousins Joyce, Melvin and family… our deepest condolences to you and the family on the loss of our girl, Earthen. Praying for strength for you all in times like this.
    Your Florida family…
    Diann & Spencer Dalis, Sherie Daniels

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    Janina Arrington says

    Dean Johnson, I remembered the proud conversations you would share about your daughter going to law school. I know her spirit and legacy will live on. To you and your family, I send my sincere condolences. May God comfort and strengthen you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Reggie Everett says

    My sincere condolences to the Johnson family… May she rest in eternal peace with our Father God, continue to comfort this family hearts with your presence Lord God.

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    Lauren Murray says

    My sincere condolences to the Johnson family as you navigate your loss. Earthen was a bright light and valued colleague at Drinker Biddle, who exuded warmth, positivity and a fantastic sense of humor. She will be missed by all lucky enough to have known her. I hope your memories of her bring you comfort in the days ahead.

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    Dan Filler (Dean of Drexel Kline Law School) says

    I want to share deep condolences with the entire Johnson family. Earthen was a beloved member of the Drexel law community – as a student and later as faculty. She made a lasting mark on the law school, our students and our faculty. She is remembered warmly and missed deeply. May her memory be a blessing.

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    Chris Proctor says

    My condolence to family and friends of Earthen. I have known Earthen when she was a summer intern at Drinker Biddle. She was such a beautiful person with a great smile and infectious personality. She was always excited when we talked about UVA athletics. She will be missed.

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    Julie Sterner Patel says

    To Earthen’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Earthen at Drinker Biddle and she was such a beautiful person.

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      Manny Brown says

      My heartfelt condolences to the Johnson family during this tragic time. I worked with Earthen at Drinker Biddle and she was a wonderful mentor and person. Her laugh and spirit were infectious. Gone too soon. She will certainly be missed. Keeping the family in my prayers.

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        Kim Walker says

        Johnson Family, I am deeply saddened for the loss of your beloved Earthen. I pray that God continues to give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

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    John Fry says

    Earthen was a trusted colleague and friend who was always there to provide good counsel and support. Her warm presence and collegial approach to our work will be deeply missed. I was especially proud that Earthen was a distinguished graduate of our Kline School of Law at Drexel University. May her memory be a blessing to all of us.

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    Patrice Duson says

    I send my deepest condolences and prayers to The Johnson family. I was briefly Earthen’s assistant at Drinker Biddle before she transitioned to Macquarie. I pray for comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time.

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    Cynthia Biddle says

    My condolences to your family. Earthen was a former colleague of mine at Macquarie. She was a lovely person, always kind and considerate of others. May God send you comfort at this difficult time.

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    Markita Morris-Louis says

    My deepest condolences to the Johnson Family. I had the privilege of befriending Earthen during her time at Drinker. She was truly a shining light and brought joy to her friends and colleagues.

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    Wanda J. May says

    Dear Johnson family. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t directly support Earthen, but I had the pleasure of occasionally assisting her and encountering her warm smile daily during her time at Drinker. I am praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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    Tarik Brooks says

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family during this
    difficult time. Earthen was such a bright light in our
    lives in Philadelphia and she will be greatly missed. I am grateful to have called Earthen a friend.

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    Lutchia P says

    I 1st encountered Earthen while I was a mail clerk at Drinker. She was a source of inspiration for me, particularly as a black woman lawyer, and it was amazing to see her so respected by her peers at such a prestigious firm. Jumping 5 years later, now as a paralegal, I felt a welcoming familiarity when her name resurfaced as a fellow staff member & Drexel alumna!
    Earthen was a notable influence in my professional life in a serendipitous way, and it’s truly been a pleasure to work with her. I pray your family receives comfort knowing that she touched so many lives, and is now in peace.

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    Sarah Stellate says

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Earthen lived a such a beautiful life and touched so many lives throughout her career.

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    Angelo L. and Dianne W. Suggs Sr. & Family says

    “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

    What an amazing person and what a remarkable life! To the many family members, friends, and loved ones: May you abide in peace, comfort, and strength through the promises of God’s Word and the many cherished memories so dearly shared with Earthen as you navigate this time.

    In Faith, Sincerest Condolences, Heartfelt Prayers and Friendship,
    Angelo L. and Dianne W. Suggs Sr. & Family of Hampton, Virginia

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    Aunt Sheila and Julian James Atlanta Georgia says

    Our deepest condolences to you Joyce & Melvin, Melinda & Marlon.
    May God be with you during this difficult time & always. We are praying for your peace and may the special memories of Earthen comfort you during this time and always. God Bless…

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    Vildan O.Cerci says

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to Johnson Family. I am thinking of you and wishing you strength as you are going through this. Earthen has lived the life to the fullest and left too early.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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    Vildan O.Cerci says

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to Johnson Family. I am thinking of you and wishing you strength as you are going through this.

    Earthen has been an amazing loving sister to Melinda and she has lived the life to the fullest.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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    Patsy Wormley says

    My heartfelt condolences to the Johnson family. Saddened to hear of Earthen’s passing. I worked with her at Drinker – she was a wonderful person. May she rest peacefully with the Lord.

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    Ellinor J. Washington says

    Earthen will always be in my heart; therefore, her loving, caring, and uplifting spirit will live forever.
    My prayers will continue for you as we strive to uphold Earthen’s legacy of bringing people together for positive results. What a wonderful and exemplary role model she was/is for all!. We are all better people because of Earthen. God blessed US with her life.

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    Adria DeLaune says

    My condolences to the entire Johnson family. Earthen’s impact on this world will be long lasting, for sure. She was always the first to show up when someone needed something, she had the most infectious laugh, and she was one of the most thoughtful people I have ever had the pleasure of befriending. She certainly left a mark on the hearts of everyone who was privileged enough to know her.

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    Tracy-Elizabeth Clay says

    On behalf of her Teach for America family, our deepest condolences to the Johnson family. Earthen was a kind, smart and generous colleague, who is always ready to comfort or support, their peers and students. Her life was short, but her legacy is immense.

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    Nancy Ellsworth says

    I just learned today of Earthen’s death. She was a law school friend of my daughter’s, and I spent some time in Earthen’s company. She was such a vibrant, intelligent, thoughtful person who lived her life well. I was so saddened when first learning of her colon cancer and now her death. My heart goes out to her family for their loss, which is unimaginable. I am so very, very sorry.

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