The scathing obituary which celebrates a mother’s death because of her evil and violent life, has gone viral across the social media and made national news. The scathing and brutal obituary reads, "on behalf of her children who she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame that she delivered on her children," quoted USA Today the scathing obituary on Sept. 12, 2013.
The scathing obituary which was submitted by the mother’s 57-year-old daughter, Katherine Reddick, was published in the Nevada newspaper, the Reno Gazette-Journal, on Tuesday, and it tells a life of horror stories and evil that has her children celebrate their mother's death.
The scathing obituary for 78-year-old Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, who is survived by six of her eight children, appeared as full text in Tuesday’s Reno Gazette-Journal and on RGJ. com on Sept. 12, 2013. Even though the scathing obituary mentions the mother’s date of death as “Sept. 30, 2013,” she actually died on Aug. 30.
Below is the full text of the scathing obituary:
“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.”
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick died alone in a Reno nursing home on Aug. 30, 2013, after she had been admitted in May for bladder cancer. With no one to care for her, she was a ward of the state. Before May, the despised mother for whom the scathing obituary was written, was living alone in a mobile home with 15 cats.
Katherine Reddick, Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick’s 57-year-old daughter, decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse after consulting with her 58-year-old brother Patrick Reddick who lives now in Minden, south of Carson City. Katherine is a psychology consultant for a school district outside Austin, Texas.
Katherine, her brother Patrick Reddick, and the other surviving children, were removed from their abusive mother’s home and grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage. While they had been estranged from their mother for more than 30 years, the pain endured by their mother’s abuse shaped their life.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick ’s horrifying abuse of her children consisted of emotional and physical abuse, including beating them with a metal-tipped belt. From 1963 to 1964, six of her eight children were admitted to the Nevada Children's Home.
In 1987, Patrick Reddick and his sister Katherine testified before the Nevada Legislature on bills to enable children to terminate parental rights. Former state Sen. Sue Wagner, who was the author of the legislation to support children against abusive parents, met with Katherine and Patrick back then and said that their story of abuse by a mother was one of the reasons Nevada became one of few states to address the topic of children being able to terminate parental rights.
After Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick ’s death, Sue Wagner says that "I'm very happy that they now are free of their mother.”
My mother was a “wicked, wicked witch,” says Patrick Reddick.
The last time Patrick saw his abusive mother was over 30 years ago. But the pain that she imposed on her children lasted a life time. Apparently, as the scathing obituary videos show, it is a kind of pain that many more people can relate to.
In regard to having published the scathing obituary, Patrick says that the children’s intent was to “shame her a little bit" but that the main purpose of the scathing obituary was “to bring awareness to child abuse ... shame child abuse overall."