RENO, Nev.– It´s an obituary like you´ve probably never seen before. It’s about a woman who died and is survived by her children who, according to the obituary, spent her lifetime torturing them in pretty much every way possible. The obituary goes on to paint a picture of children who are grateful that their mother, Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick, is dead. The Reno Gazette Journal President & Publisher John Maher tells News 4 the obituary was sent in via a self-service online submission. The obituary appeared in the print edition of the newspaper today, September 10th. The on-line version of the obituary
Funerals and obituaries are supposed to be where everyone "plays nice," because someone has just died, and we are expected not to speak ill of the dead. I recently attended the funeral of a mean and vicious uncle who died. He terrorized his wife for sixty years; all of his children feared him. He was respected in the community, because he put on a very good show, but for those of us who saw his rage, we could never respect the man. I watched him beat his dog to death and torture his children in mean ways. I wanted to speak at his funeral, and all my family advised against it, as I would have talked about some of his many vicious episodes, and it made me sick to hear all his family praise this bad man.
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Redneck In NY, 9/12/2013 10:18:03 AM (No. 9517507)
While I understand the need for the family to speak out against a horrible person. They should have done this while she was alive. Unless there was an inheritance involved (and isn´t that usually the case?) and they didn´t want to be "cut out" by speaking up.
They should have just skipped the Obit altogether, paid for the cheapest burial available and let her death go unnoticed. THAT is a better revenge.
I was separated from my husband when he died at age 60. It could have been classified as a mysterious death in a hospital but the kids and I didn´t care. I didn´t have to go thru a divorce. I´m the merriest widow in all the land. And I used part of the life insurance money to buy some cute leather boots- ´these boots are made for walking´(He kept lying when he should have been truthing.)
As a retired pastor, I am all too aware how often the truth about a person is glossed over in obituaries and at funerals. My question in this particular case is whether the same thing may be going on but in the opposite direction. An anonymous obituary, apparently written not by the woman´s children but on their "behalf," and so unremittingly negative, makes me suspicious that something else is going on. It is also interesting to note that nothing was reported on the family´s reaction to the obituary. The paper was wise to remove it and investigate further.
The obit wasn´t vicious, the woman was. They shouldn´t have pulled it. This is the legacy of an evil, vile life that should be exposed. It gave her victims closure and they were right to speak up now.
Trying to tell people the truth about an abuser is almost impossible while the abuser is alive. No one believes anyone could be that horrible to their own children or spouse. Pray these poor victims can heal now.
So, a local newspaper pulls an obit from its pages so no one will see it; then Drudge puts it on his page. My guess is that the hits went from next to nothing to through the roof. I guess I hope Marianne earned this obit as opposed to meanness on the part of someone else.
When my own Dad passed, my sisters, who never had to live with him, were all tears and sadness. I lived under his roof. He was a vile, vicious coward of a man who loved to get drunk then beat me and his then wife, he loved to hurt the farm animals- vicious- but fortunately, like I said, too cowardly to go after people who could defend themselves- his own father called him the worst name he could think of- "A rascal". But, he could put on a good act when he had to. Fortunately for me, when I became an adult, I personally told him to his face what I thought of him. Then I had nothing more to do with him- I washed my hands and cleansed my soul of him. If I could have written his obituary, I would not have said anything- nothing! Not one word! In my book, that´s the worst thing you can do to a person- let them pass without a word. Their memory evaporates, they leave nothing behind and that, to me, is the worst possible punishment a human being can suffer.
We should not speak ill of the dead, no matter how vile or hateful. Just buy the cheapest casket you can find and bury him/her with a token service in an unmarked grave. Then spend whatever inheritance is available on something of which you know the un-dearly departed would not have approved. (BTW, dancing on the grave should also draw a penalty flag for excessive celebration.)
As much as I completely agree with not doing some happy clappy feel good obituary, this choice does except make people want to know salacious details of the past, which is now history. The better way to let the world know this woman would have been to buy the obituary space and frame one sentence in the middle of the space that says: Jane Doe died on whatever date. She leaves a legacy that is best buried with her.
I fully intended to attend my child molester uncles funeral (every family has one) with a mason jar full of weeds. Unfortunatly he died in another state and was cremated so I didn´t get to do it but I looked forward to it for 30 years!
I agree... the death of a vicious person should pass entirely unnoticed, unremarked. Uncelebrated in life and unmourned in death. The less said, very much the better. Move on. Be better. A nasty obit only hurts those left behind and reopens old wounds.
Re 17 Thanks for posting the background. These children were also abused by a State-dingy Harry´s State-that put the rights of the parents over the needs of the children. They needed to affirm their abuse publicly as the subjects of a public court case to bring closure. This isn´t a " vicious" obit -it is merely accurate.
My step mom makes this person look like a saint. When she passes (She´s 91!) I will simply decline to attend the funeral. Her own daughter has said she will give a party when her mom dies. Sad to leave a legacy like that.
I have a mother that fits this obit...sad to say. Some say that the children should say nothing. Well, they have said nothing for years. Said nothing while getting a beating not justified on any human being. Saying nothing may cancel the life of this monster, but sometimes saying something gives you a voice denied you as a child. I know...been there...and the hag that birthed me is still living at age 80. I´ll remember this obit when it´s time.
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