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Most obituaries celebrate the life of a departed loved one. A scathing obituary published (briefly) in the Reno Gazette-Journal detailed the joy that the children of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick felt at the woman’s passing.

It may be awful, but if the words are to be believed, Marianne Reddick may have deserved it.

The full text of the obituary, captured and published by Gawker before the original publication removed it from the website, pretty much explains it all:

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 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 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 final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgiveable, 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.

The Gawker article also got a response from the original publication, which implied that the obituary had been removed due to an error in Reddick’s date of death. No mention of the content came with the explanation.

Posted by:Laurel Brown