Former City Councilwoman Wanda Monsees passed on after battling with cancer according to a post her sister, Mona, made on Facebook this morning (Sept. 18).

This is Wanda's sister, Mona
We lost a wonderful person today. Wanda, has ended her long struggle with cancer and has finally found peace and freedom from pain.
Wanda touched many lives during her time with us. She was the most thoughtful, considerate and empathetic person I have ever known. Much of her life was spent in service to others from the jobs she performed to her political activism.
Her final years were spent working to change our criminal justice system in an effort to ensure that consequences were determined by the crime committed, not skin color or socioeconomic status. She also envisioned a world where young offenders were given the chance to learn from their mistakes without the burden of labels and sentences that would severely limit their chance at a productive future. She was appalled by the corruption of for-profit prisons that generate overcrowding and long sentences, not in the interest of justice, but instead in pursuit of the dollar.
Wanda was unable to complete the many goals she had set for herself, but she did succeed in opening the door to change. It is now up to each of us to live by the words that guided her life: Never stop insisting on a better World. Rest in Peace Wanda…and thank you.


Monsees served as second ward councilwoman from April 2009 until May 2014, after she won unopposed in the April Municipal election.

Mayor Stephen Galliher, who served with Monsees as a City Councilman, before being voted Mayor offered his thoughts on behalf of the city of Sedalia.

It is with a heavy heart that the City has learned of yesterday's passing of former City Councilwoman Wanda Monsees. Ms. Monsees faithfully represented Sedalia's Second Ward and the entire City from April 21, 2009 to May 6, 2014 .  I along with the Sedalia City Council and City staff send our condolences and best wishes to her family.


Once we receive word on services and/or memorials we'll let you know. Our thoughts and prayers go to friends and family of Monsees this morning.