Scathing Reno obit becomes Internet sensation

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Scathing Reno obit becomes Internet sensation

A scathing obituary appearing in the Reno Gazette-Journal this week has become an Internet sensation.

The children of an abusive woman prepared the obit after their mother died in a Reno nursing home last month at age 78.

Katherine and Patrick Reddick are now in their 50s and confirm that they wrote the obit in an effort to draw attention to the ongoing issue of child abuse.

Here is the obit as it appeared in Tuesday's Reno Gazette-Journal. Note: the date of Johnson-Reddick's death was written incorrectly and was actually August 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.