Mary “Monnie” Wabaunsee Obituary

February 11, 2017

MAYETTA, KS – Mary Theresa “Monnie” Wabaunsee, 70, of Mayetta, KS passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at her home. She was born October 7, 1946 in Topeka, KS, the daughter of Lou and Freda Jane (Nozhackum) Wabaunsee.

Monnie graduated from St. Paul’s Indian Mission in Marty, South Dakota. She spent most of her life on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Common Land.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Monnie married David Derby, they later divorced.

Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Wabaunsee and JoAnn Letcher both of Mayetta, KS; three sisters, W. Goffy Wabaunsee of Mayetta, KS, Lois “Louie” Dominguez of Wichita, KS and Frances Wabaunsee of Mayetta, KS; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Monnie was preceded in death by her parents, Lou and Freda Wabaunsee; two sisters, Louella “Henry” Wabaunsee and Marsha Ferrari and three brothers, Ralph Wabnum, Richard Wabaunsee and Fred Wabaunsee.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Rosary with visitation to follow will be 6:00 p.m. Monday evening at Sister Therese Klepac Hall. Burial will be in the Shipshee Cemetery at a later date. Mercer Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of arrangements. To leave a special message for the family, please visit