Scathing obit about abusive mother goes viral

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Obituary of an abusive mother written by her children (YouTube screen grab)

Obituary of an abusive mother written by her children (YouTube screen grab)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties are bidding farewell to their mother with a scathing obituary that has become an Internet sensation.

The obit that ran first in Tuesday’s editions of the Reno Gazette-Journal said they “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.”

Katherine and Patrick Reddick, now in their 50s, confirm they prepared the obit about their mother, who died in a Reno nursing home Aug. 30 at the age of 78.

The children say they hoped to draw attention to child abuse with the obit.

This was posted at RGI.com:

The text below shows how Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick’s obituary appeared in Tuesday’s Reno Gazette-Journal. Reddick died Aug. 30, not Sept. 30.

Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick

January 4, 1935-Sept. 30, 2013

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.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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