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.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick's obituary, which has since been removed, originally appeared in the print and online edition of 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 death 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 death can revive our message that abusing children is unforgivable, 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 KRNV the obituary 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.
The print version of the obituary stated that Johnson-Reddick died on Sept. 30. KRNV reports that her actual date of death was Aug. 30.
Gawker speculates that Marianne Reddick may have testified before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission in 1970. A woman by the same name told the commission that the employment agency wrote "white only" on some job postings so that African-Americans would know they had no chance at filling those positions, according to Gawker.