​Scathing Obituary Published by Children

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September 14, 2013

The children of a Reno woman who they say abused them penned a scathing obituary of her that appeared in the Reno Gazzette-Journal. The obituary basically commemorate the life and misdeeds of Marianne Theresa Johnson, who died at the age of 77 on Aug. 30.

“She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible,” the obituary states. “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.”

Apparently, the tone of the obituary went over the line for the editors at the Journal, as it was removed from the newspaper’s site later in the day. Images of the piece were captured and posted to Gawker before it was taken down, however.

“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,” the obituary continues. “Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.”

While few other records of Johnson’s life can be found online, Gawker did track down testimony by a Reno-area woman of the same name given to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission explaining that the employment agency where she worked marked job referrals with the words “Whites Only” so that black people wouldn’t waste their time applying.
Other than that, however, Johnson’s legacy will now be summed up by her surviving children.

“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 unforgivable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a ‘humane society,'” the obituary concludes. “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.”

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