The story behind an obituary painting a picture of an abusive mother whose children were glad to see her die was posted on Sept. 12 on News4.com in Reno after going viral on social media.
The obituary for Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick. submitted by Katherine Reddick, her daughter, through an online portal, was published in the Reno Gazette Journal on Sept. 10.
According to Reddick, she and her siblings endured a horrific childhood at the hands of their mother. In the obituary, Katherine Reddick states:
"She is survived by 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible."
Another passage from Johnson-Reddick's obituary states:
"On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the afterlife reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children."
Johnson-Reddick ran escort businesses in multiple homes where the family lived while the children slept on the floor, according to details revealed by Katherine Reddick.
Reddick states that she and her older brother, Patrick, talked about writing the obituary to bring a spotlight on the issue of child abuse after learning of their mother's death.
Johnson-Reddick's obituary states that she was survived by six children, none of whom were in contact with her at the time of her death.
Six of Johnson-Reddick's children lived for a period of time in the Nevada Children's Home in Carson City, an orphanage that closed in 1992.
The comments noted on the Reno Gazette Journal's website and on social media range from those who feel the obituary shouldn't have been published to those who stand in solidarity with Johnson-Reddick's children.
Journaling is often used by victims of abuse to come to terms with the abuse they have suffered and begin the healing process. This obituary may be the ultimate abuse journaling experience.
Whether you agree or disagree with the means used by Katherine Reddick, she succeeded in bringing the issue of child abuse to the forefront.