Mother’s Obituary Shocks Nevada Residents

    September 10, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A mother of 8 who died in Reno, Nevada last month had an obituary submitted to the local newspaper that shocked residents with a brutal description of a life of cruelty.

Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick only had six living children when she passed away in August, and the family decided to finally tell the ugly truth about their home life in the obit, which was printed in the Reno Gazette-Journal. The writing talks about her abuse of the children from a young age and how it continued into their adult lives as she purposely tainted their relationships. The obituary has been taken down from the newspaper’s website, but Gawker managed to get hold of the full text beforehand:

“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.”

  • charlie

    there are many families who suffer from the hands and minds of cruel and abusive members- I had an aunt who allowed her 6 children to be brutalized physically and mentally by there step father- she enabled him to terrorize her children- 3 were his and hers. no one should bury a person like this and not be able to tell the truth so they can erase them from their memories- when my aunt died she belonged to a church group that stood up at her funeral and testified to her good and loving heart- she could always find grace in her heart for stranger but not her children. her children were scarred and damaged by her selfish and brutal nature.

    • http://google Paulette Spainhour

      The woman will have to face God one day, and every bad deed she employed on her children and any one else,she will answer for,shame is what she has left her babies,,God will not be easy on her,what brings a parent to treat their own children,is only from satin.I wouldn’t want to see what is written in her book of life… She will answer for it all,I will Pray for her children, knowing that they have seen the evil that she was.It will only make them stronger,and good parents to their own. God Bless you all

  • Phil

    Sounds like the woman was a serious narcissist,good riddance,glad she died alone

  • tortured as well

    sounds like my mother may she rot as well

  • Psuedon

    Google cache still has it.

    here is a screen shot of it on Legacy.com


    and a photo of the obit from the newspaper


  • Michelle George

    I have a very abusive mother. I was told at an early age of 6, that I was a mistake and because of me she must steal for food etc. She was really stealing to support her heroin habit, which led her to prison 6 X. Im 38 and despite cutting all communication & any interaction with her, she STILL continues to hurt & disrupt not only me but my children too, by calling agencies providing FALSE, hurful info to police & child welfare to name a couple. I wish she would just leave us alone!! For the life of me, I can’t undetstand why she constantly works at making my life a living hell.

    • ECR

      She is jealous that you are doing better than her. She sees something in you that she wish she had.

  • Roberta

    I’m glad to see this published. I may need to borrow much of the content for my “mother’s” obituary if she finally dies. Reading between the lines, these women never attaining ANY concern for their children and probably no one else. I cannot begin to tell you how much it hurts, 50 years later, that as I child I have NO good memories, never had a hug or interest in what I thought/wanted/needed. I realize to some extent how crippled I am because of such an abusive childhood. Some people think foster care and the system are so difficult but NOT when compared to what “life” is like with mothers having custody. It might sound nutty but to those who KNOW, and I tend to be a bit of a “medium” I swear that when my father (a violent alcoholic for much of his life) passed he had his “life review.” I had pet animals in the room who twittered and I became aware of a presence. I felt/heard a “I’m soooo sorry.” Never repeated. Other “knowledgeable” folks say that the spirit soon moves on to other realms….

    • Roberta

      I should have explained that I had lost contact and was 2,000 miles away, unaware that Dad was even ill.

    • Rodinne

      I am so sorry.

      What this world needs is something like a brothel but instead of buying sex you buy a few hours of concerned parenting. An adult could go and specify an age, maybe a young teen or a 20-something, and have a conversation with a parent who asks you questions and takes an interest in you. How did you do in school today? Have you thought about trying out for baseball in the spring? Maybe you’d like to try out for the drama club instead. Do you need help reviewing for your French quiz? How did the history teacher like your paper? Are you still interested in Brian? Do you think he’ll ask you to the dance?

      It could be amazingly therapeutic.

      I did something similar years ago, where a group of people who’d been going through therapy together spent an overnight at the center. We dressed in pajamas and pretended it was recess and played games, ran races, and a group of us sat in one corner and took turns “struggling” to read a children’s book. When I was that age, I could read, and much preferred it to playing, and was isolated from my peer group because of it. It felt so good to feel accepted for that this time around.

  • Susan

    I firmly believe that after death we do face judgement for the bad actions we’ve done (those in which
    we knew the consequences to others were hurtful, but choosing to go ahead with that decision
    anyway). The decision at that time is for eternity. That brief moment in time we live on Earth is a
    mere fraction of the blink of an eye with respect forever. People like this mother will for all eternity
    suffer. Their punishment will be far greater than anything they could have experienced in this world.
    The angry and retaliatory statements made about this woman can only come from a lack of faith in the
    “end-game judgement.” My heart pities the souls of those who for all eternity will clearly see and
    observe the joy, love and unity of which they will never be a part. IIf Jesus can forgive those who
    betrayed, tortured and killed him, we can to. Just have faith in the one who will impart justice on us

  • Ringtail

    Wow, a worse mother than mine. My sisters worked with the funeral home on our mother’s obit. As they duly recited the usual bland phrases “good mother and wife”, etc., they could not keep a straight face to the surprise of the funeral director as the truth was entirely the opposite. I had a hard time myself keeping a sad countenance when my friends and coworkers consoled me on my “loss.’ I did not want to explain that her death was no loss. I think these stories are much more common than anyone thinks. Congratulations to the surviving children for their courage and I hope they find some peace.

  • PAM

    I too believed I had a cruel mother and always thought I would be better off with her gone. But if it hadn’t been for her cruel ways, I would not be the person I’m today. She made me strong in so many ways. I could have crumble, turned to drugs, gave up. But she pushed and shoved me to alway work to be a better person and to prove her wrong. Not to expect the easy life, to be pitied, pampered, or given hand out. To work for what I have and not to have to proved anything to anyone. She was proud of me in the end and I forgave. I am a better person because of her. Her children sounds like they have become better people too. Forgive her in your heart and you will heal.

    • Amber

      wow, I never really knew anyone that would put this in words the way you did here… I’m relieved to know I am not the only one. Yes, I do forgive my mother… and because of her, I am strong enough to even learn the meaning of forgiving.. She’s torn me down but I am stronger than ever. However I do not wish this upon any children out there.. I am a great parent today. The best I will ever be.. and I will teach my child in a way I wish to have been understood.

    • RyanC

      If you believe that your mother’s cruel behavior “made” you a better person and you “thank” her for that, then you truly need to see a professional therapist. The same traits of self-reliance that you describe for yourself are common to many…and they learned that from loving parents, not from cruelty. I’m glad you can forgive her as that is the first steps to healing. But if you can justify her actions, as you are doing, then you are still on the road to recovery. Sadly, since you seem to think her behavior defensible, it doesn’t sound as if you understand that.

  • http://none fran

    The very reason these people are cruel is because they are ill themselves. Some have had the same as they then dish out. Many have had a blow to the head which has caused brain damage. They are in pain and are spreading it around. If you cannot get them help for thier problem then you must get away. Writing about them this extensively is a way to her aquaintences know what she was like. It is vindicating I’m sure but in order to not become bitter its best to think this lady was in great emotional pain and while alive paid a price for it. The kids avoided her and she knew it.

  • Charles

    I wish I had the intestinal fortitude to do the same. My Mother thought love was possession. She was a sexual predator and tried to destroy each of her 4 sons marriages. She caused our youngest brother to commit suicide.

  • EM

    And I thought my egg donor was bad. She’s lied to another sibling about sib’s biological father. She didn’t want me, but she didn’t want anyone else to want me. She’s done everything she can to ailenate her children from each other to prevent us from comparing her lies.
    Given the option, her obituary would read a lot like this one. Unfortunately, her golden child, whom she’s lied to all his/her life will be in charge of her funeral.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.