A Tale Of Two Obits
Posted on 09.15.13 by Danny Glover @ 9:35 am

Do you want the good obit or the bad obit first? OK, let’s get the bad one out of the way now so we can end this post on a happy note. As a former obituary writer, I prefer it that way.

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:

She is survived by her six of eight 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.

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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