Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick will forever be remembered online as the horrible woman who raised children vengeful enough to memorialize their mother in a scathing obit. No obit writer on a newspaper’s staff would ever get a piece like the one about Johnson-Reddick past an editor, but two of the 79-year-old woman’s eight children got their revenge into print by paying for a death notice and submitting it to the Reno Gazette-Journal through a self-service portal. (The paper later removed the obit from its website, in part because of an inaccurate date of death.)
Here’s what the children, now senior citizens themselves, wanted the world to remember about mommie dearest:
The gist of their story appears to be legit. The two children responsible for the obit also testified before the Nevada legislature in 1987 for a state law, the first of its kind, that lets children sever parental ties.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Reddick-Johnson lived in a mobile home with 15 cats until bladder cancer forced her into the hospital earlier this year.
Now for the good obit, this one about an angel named Mary “Pink” Mullaney.
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