Abusive Mother’s Scathing Obituary Goes Viral

RENO, Nev. (September 12, 2013)—Katherine and Patrick Reddick, the children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties, said farewell to their mother in a scathing obituary that went viral.

The obit that ran first in Tuesday's editions of the Reno Gazette-Journal said the Reddicks "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."

The Reddicks, who are now in their 50s, confirmed they prepared the obituary about their mother, Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, who died on Aug. 30 in a Reno nursing home at the age of 78.

The children say they hoped to draw attention to child abuse with the obit.

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