When people die, we usually feel inclined to say good things about them. We might even consider lying, just to get through the day. But rarely do you ever see anyone tell the complete and ugly truth about a person who just died, no matter how nasty that person might have been in life.
Some kids in Nevada decided that they would tell the truth at their mother’s funeral, no sugar coating. So, the ceremony for Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick was unlike any other funeral that most of us have ever seen.
“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 obituary began.
The obit has circled the Internet, as people are stunned that the woman’s children have been so honest about the horrors she put them through during life. The initiative was began by daughter Katherine Reddick, who is now a psychology consultant, likely entering the field because she had to work through so many of her own psychological challenges.
The five children grew up in an orphanage after being taken away from their mom and being disconnected from her for over 30 years.
“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 obit said. “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 children have played a role in changing the laws of Nevada to allow kids to severe ties from abusive parents. The old woman, who was likely an abuse victim herself, lived in a trailer park with 15 cats up until the day she had to go to the hospital for bladder cancer. She may have been mentally ill, leading to her abusive behavior. It’s just sad all the way around.