The family didn't expect the obit would be a worldwide sensation.
Katherine Reddick, 57, said she wrote the obituary about her mother, 78, who died on Aug. 30 at ManorCare Health Services, a Reno nursing home. Her mother had bladder cancer and had become a ward of the state when she became sick and was hospitalized in May. Her cause of death is unknown.
The two were not in contact.
Katherine Reddick, who today works in education in Texas, described a horrific childhood that she and her brothers and sisters endured. Moved from California to Las Vegas to eventually live in an orphanage in Carson City, she described being abused for years by her mother and in multiple foster homes. Reddick said she slept on the floors of places where her mother ran escort businesses.
She and her brother Patrick Reddick, 58, of Minden said they talked about writing the obituary after learning about their mother’s death. Both are graduates of Carson High School.
I hope they can finally heal from this horrific experience.
There is a whole lot more in this linked story.
While I had issues with my parents, thank God I never went anything remotely like what these people went through. In fact, when I think about my own parents' lives, it's amazing THEY turned out as well as they did given the absolute hardship they went through in their lives.