An obituary can serve as a heartfelt tribute to the life of the dearly departed. Conversely, it can also be a scathing condemnation. For Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, who passed away on Aug. 30 at the age of 77, the latter was the case.
As Gawker reports, Johnson-Reddick’s obituary appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday. In it, her children take her to task for her “cruelty, violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.”
There is little information on Johnson-Reddick’s life available online, but Gawker was able to dig up something on a Marianne Reddick, who testified before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission in 1970 that she ran an employment agency that printed “whites only” on their work referrals, so black people wouldn’t apply at jobs where they weren't wanted.
The scathing obituary was removed from the Reno Gazette-Journal’s website, but it can be seen in full below, courtesy of Gawker:
“Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Aug. 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.”