Family's scathing obituary about late mum goes viral

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A family’s scathing obituary about their late mother has gone viral, after they wrote the ‘world is a better place without her’.

Kathleen Dehmlow passed away on May 31 in Springfield, in the United States, at the age of 80.

However, instead of writing an ode about her life in the local newspaper, The Redwood Gazette, her family detailed how she ‘abandoned her children’ and ran away with her brother-in-law.

The obituary started by saying Kathleen was born in 1938 and married Dennis Dehmlow 19 years later.

She then had two children, Gina and Jay, before the obituary alleges she got pregnant by her husband’s brother, Lyle, five years into her marriage.


She is then said to have moved to California, reportedly leaving her two children behind, who were then raised by Kathleen’s parents.

“She passed away on May 31, 2018 in Springfield and will now face judgment,” the obituary reads.

“She will not be missed by Gina and Jay, and they understand that this world is a better place without her.”

The obituary was posted to social media by Twitter user Stu, who couldn’t believe what he was reading.

Others were quick to comment on the post, with some conflicted over how they felt about the blistering account of Kathleen’s life.




“It takes courage to tell the truth. Just because someone is dead, doesn’t mean they become a saint, and there’s no rule saying a child must forgive an abusive, unloving parent,” one person said.

“Wow, the pain in this obituary hurts my heart,” another person said.

Another commenter said: “It’s so interesting when people use an obituary as a place to air grievances.”

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