September 12, 2013

I find this is really disturbing

This obituary was pulled from Nevada's Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday.  
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 after-life 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.

My stomach just kept on turning and turning the more I read.
What's your reaction?


  1. How in the world did the newspaper approve this? I know obits are essentially "paid advertisements" (I used to work in the print media), but still.... this is disrespectful!! ~Angela

  2. Wow; its sad we are just hearing the one side of the story and won't be able to hear her side. Makes you wonder if she suffered from a mental illness if the accusations are true. However, if they are true and the children will work to help to prevent future child abuse, then at least they are trying to help out others that were in their shoes. I do find it disturbing too Jen.


  3. Whoa.. i don't know what to think. If it was true..she must have messed up those children bad to have them say such things even in death.. if it wasn't true than that is just.. i don't know.

  4. It is disturbing, but if it's THE TRUTH, I hope it brings some closure to those who survive her.

  5. There is a lot of pain, hurt and anger in those venomous words. I feel for those children who have clearly had their lives ruined by this person, but yet they continue the cycle of evil when they leave an obituary like this. The whole thing is just terribly sad.

  6. This is very disturbing indeed! To think that she was such a terrible person that they couldn't even forgive her even in death and have to publish such an obituary.

  7. My goodness! I feel no peace coming from this at all! It's almost as if we're written in anticipation of her death. This is really sad. I hope everyone involved recognize the need for therapy. The evil seems deeply rooted.

    1. Angela, Betty, Henya, Ms A, Liz, Dee and Kenya,

      Thanks for the comments ladies.

      I just really couldn't really put my finger on (beyond the obvious) what disturbed me so about this obituary.

      I've come to conclusion that an obituary is supposed to be an announcement of a persons passing and or a respectful recollection/ tribute of a persons life.

      We're not supposed to vent our livers there maybe in therapy or even a blog would be a better venue!

  8. That is just awful.
    They stooped to her level.
    There are ways in which someone can go about raising awareness and defaming someone through an obituary is not the way to go.
    I do not condone those atrocious behaviours. I think those parents should be locked up. I feel sorry for her kids if this is true.

  9. Wow. I can't imagine publishing an obit like this. Did this family speak up when she was alive? I hope they have invested in some therapy.

  10. Let's hope for the best for her kids and everyone else affected by her cruelty. Her death won't ever give them peace.....they will really have to work for that. I also feel compassion for this woman as well....what brought her to do these terrible things? Like a lot of these 'behaviors' I think they are learned and 'passed down' from one to the next. It takes a very strong individual to break this chain-reaction.

    It may have felt good initially to write this obit but the 'work' for healing will continue.
    Plus it did expose the issue of child abuse and how bad it really is.

  11. The news paper did take this down, but I believe if it is, indeed the truth, it should remain.

    I felt sick reading it too, but on the other hand, I give her kids credit for helping others.

    It is the epitome of the work "Karma." xx

  12. Hi Jen - what humans can do to each other is just dreadful .. but why we as a society make sure it doesn't happen, I really don't understand - we must know what's going on ..

    Ghastly .. Hilary


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