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Scathing obituary goes viral, reveals abuse, neglect

6:27 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
This is the mobile home that Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick occupied in Reno until May. After Johnson-Reddick's death in August, her daughter wrote a scathing obituary that has since gone viral. (Photo: Tim Dunn, Reno Gazette-Journal)
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RENO -- It did what obituaries don't do.

Instead of a celebration of life found in newspapers every day, the obituary for Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick was scathing. The daughter who submitted it held nothing back in the nine-sentence obit that ran in the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday: "She is survived by six of her eight children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible..."

The obituary, which appeared online and in the newspaper, was submitted through a self-service online portal. Since then, it has made national news, going viral online and in social media.

"On behalf of her children who 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 daughter, Katherine Reddick, 57, wrote.

Johnson-Reddick, 78, died Aug. 30 at ManorCare Health Services, a Reno nursing home. She had bladder cancer and had become a ward of the state when she became sick and was hospitalized in May. Her cause of death is unknown.

See the full text of the obituary as it appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal here.

Siobhan McAndrew, Reno Gazette-Journal

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