Speaking poorly of the recently deceased is usually considered the height of rudeness and disrespect, but whoever placed an obituary in a Reno, Nevada, newspaper yesterday for a 78-year-old woman who died recently never got that memo.
Either that or Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick was really rotten to her kids.
The derisive obituary, excoriating the late Reddick for what it called her "vulgarity," "cruelty" and "criminal activity,” ran in the print edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal yesterday (see photo), but was yanked from the paper’s web site as well as from the web site Legacy.com, which archives obituaries from all over the country and the world.
The obituary said that her children “celebrate her passing from this Earth.”
Gazette-Journal publisher John F. Maher told the news blog Gawker that the paper is “reviewing the circumstances” behind how the obituary got into the paper. The death notice was paid placement, he said.
As originally printed, the obit listed a date of death for Reddick as September 30, obviously inaccurate. Maher said that the paper confirmed that the woman is indeed recently deceased, however.
And so, without further ado, here is the complete text of the obituary, as reprinted by Reno TV station KRNV on the station’s web site:
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.
SOURCES: Gawker, KNVR Channel 4, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel