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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Daughter Writes Brutally Honest Obit


Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick passed away at age 78 in Reno, Nevada.  Her obituary appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on September 10, but it was not the typical fond remembrance.

Her daughter, Katherine Reddick, described a childhood of abuse and neglect experienced by her and her siblings.  They were often in and out of foster homes with their mother allegedly running an escort service.  After the obit went viral, Reddick’s brother said its purpose was “to bring awareness to child abuse . . . shame child abuse overall.”

Here is the full text.

See Audra Schroeder, Daughter’s Brutally Honest Obit for Her Mom Goes Viral, The Daily Dot, Sept. 13, 2013.

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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