Melanie Rose "Mimi" Mueth M.D., 44, born March 1, 1972, in Belleville, Ill., passed away Friday, June 24, 2016, in Edwardsville, Ill.
Melanie graduated from Freeburg High School, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. She went on to obtain her Medical Doctorate from SIU Springfield, Ill. She received her MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. She was currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care Medicine at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was responsible for starting the Palliative Care Medicine Consult service at Christian Hospital. She was a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPlV1), Palliative Care Network, and Lean Six Sigma and served on the Hospital Medical Director Certification Board. Melanie was former Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Christian Hospital.
More than a wife, she was a soul mate to Manish, whom she lovingly nicknamed "Burd". She was the most incredible Mom to her three boys, who were the center of her universe. Her Mom and Dad thought the world of her, and were so proud of their daughter the doctor, her ability to rise above any challenge, and her generous heart. She was idolized by Renee, who considered her "seester" Mimi the smartest and strongest person she knew. She was her best friend.
Melanie had a fierce work ethic, which she applied to everything from her career to maintaining the organization of her sock drawer. She loved to go to yard sales, thrift stores and auctions. Her frugality and "repurposing" were evident to all who knew her. She would reuse Ziploc bags and use tape as band aids. She would "dumpster dive" if she saw a usable treasure, yet after years of hard work, finally bought herself a Tesla. She defined a good day by going to the Goodwill Outlet followed by lunch at Taco Bell. She was an amazing cook and an intermittent vegetarian. She was a runner, a bibliophile and a terrible gardener. She loved nachos and Diet Pepsi and hated TV. Through her leadership skill, her compassion for end of life care or her ability to befriend anyone, she left an impact on everyone she met. Her generosity was out of bounds. She was an amazing Mom who wanted to give her boys the world. Whether going to their baseball games, taking them on an Alaskan adventure in an RV or making homemade crepes on Saturday morning, she loved them with all her heart. She was immensely proud of whom they are and all they will become.
Melanie was a beautiful soul who left this Earth far too early, yet her legacy and spirit will forever live on in the hearts of Manish, Dev, Dhruv, Vahn, her Mom and Dad, Renee, Baylor and Arlo and the countless others she touched in her life.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph and Minnie, nee Neff, Mueth and Ferdinand and Rose, nee Steger, Phillips; a brother in infancy, Stephen Richard Mueth; and her beloved sister, Cynthia (Cyndi) Rose Mueth, whom she loved and missed beyond what words can express.
Surviving are her most beloved husband, Manish Mathur, M.D., whom she married September 16, 2000, in Springfield, Ill., followed in October by a Hindu wedding ceremony in India. She leaves to cherish her memory three amazing boys, Dev Mueth Mathur (13), Dhruv Phillips Mathur (12), and Vahn Dominic Mathur (8); her adoring parents, Louis and Patricia , nee Phillips, Mueth; her mother-in- law, Sharda Mathur; her dearest sister, Renee Julianne Mueth; and two beloved nephews, Baylor Del Herbert, and Arlo Julian Herbert.
In lieu of flowers and donations the family asks for your prayers. Condolences may be expressed online at: weberfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: As Melanie wished, there will be no visitation.
WEBER & RODNEY FUNERAL HOME, Edwardsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 28, 2016