Mommie Dearest :: Children Vent With Obit(ch)uary
Perhaps Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick should have written her own obituary before she passed away on Aug. 30.
Why? Because the one that was published in the print and online edition of Nevada's Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday vilified her as a horrible mother and child abuser.
And it was said to be written by her children.
According to the Huffington Post, the "offspring of a woman who died last month penned a harsh obituary for their late mother, who, the obituary said, spent her life subjecting them to horrible abuse."
The online version of the obit has been removed from the Gazette-Journal website.
"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 [sic], 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."
Gazette publisher, John Maher, told a local television station that the obit was "submitted through a 'self-service online submission.' He also said the online version has been removed while the paper looks into how it got on the site and in the paper," HuffPo wrote.
The print version of the obituary stated that Johnson-Reddick died on Sept. 30. Local Nevada TV station, KRNV reports that her actual date of death was Aug. 30.
Gawker called the publication and reported the following:
"We placed a call to the paper to find out whose decision it was to take down the obituary. A very polite woman told us that the man we needed to speak to was 'in a meeting right now' but 'might be able to give a call back.' We will update if he is able to give a call back."
As for more about Ms. Reddick, Gawker added:
"A search of Marianne's name suggests that perhaps she is the same Nevada-based Marianne Reddick who, in 1970, testified before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission that the employment agency she ran printed 'White Only' on certain referrals so that black people would not mistakenly apply for jobs where they were not welcome."