Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick's recent passing at the age of 79 was a sad event as it always is when someone's life comes to an end. Still, as People reported on Sept. 13, 2013, her life was not something that was celebrated by her family, and especially not by her kids.
Johnson-Reddick was apparently a very abusive parent who won't be missed by her children, and that is evident by the scathing and painfully truthful obituary published for her. She died on Aug. 30, 2013, at a Reno nursing home according to her daughter.
They revealed just how abusive she was to them throughout their entire lives, and they didn't celebrate her life. They celebrated her passing.
Below is the full text of the obituary that was submitted to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.
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. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.
Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgiveable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “humane society”. Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America.
Both Katherine Reddick and Patrick Reddick decided together to share the story of their lives with their mother. They grew up in a Carson City orphanage with four of their siblings after being removed from their mother's home more than 30 years ago.
The children said they endured regular beatings that sometimes came from a metal-tipped belt.
"Everything in there was completely true," said Patrick Reddit. "I'm a survivor. I count my blessings every day. Especially for my wife."
Not much else is known about Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick. It is known that she lived in a mobile home with 15 cats before being hospitalized back in May for treatment of bladder cancer.