It shocked everyone to the core. When readers opened up a local newspaper in Reno, NV, and they flipped to one mother’s obituary, they could not believe what her son and daughter wrote.
The children of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick did not hold back about their abusive mother.
“On behalf of her children, who she 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,” the scathing obituary says.
The two offspring, Patrick and Katherine Reddick, decided to share their life of pain and abuse in Marianne’s obituary to raise awareness about how such neglect impacts the lives of innocent children.
“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,” the obituary reads. “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.”
Patrick and Katherine say that Marianne regularly beat them and ran a prostitution ring out of their home, where they were forced to witness regular atrocities. Eventually, they and their four siblings would be put in the foster care system.
When Marianne died, Patrick said aloud, “Ding dong, the witch is dead.” The words sound cruel, but when Patrick went to visit his estranged mother on her deathbed, she became so violent toward him, doctors had to sedate her, and Patrick had to wear a disguise to keep her calm.
Clearly, even now as adults, Marianne’s children are suffering from her behavior. By courageously sharing their mother’s abuse, they are bringing this dark reality to light.