The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Jenna Clayton, Quill Reporter

Meet your neighbor Monica Crim, raised in La Harpe where she has spent all of her life but the years she was in college and one year of marriage.

She is the daughter of Boyd and Judy Mueller.

Growing up her parents were always around. Her dad was in charge of her during the summer months while her mother worked.

She spent a lot of time golfing, fishing and getting doughnuts every Saturday morning at the 8-ball Caf. Her Aunt Helen Rodefer was like a second mother and her first and only baby sitter.

She had no siblings but grew up very close to her four cousins. Crim's mother is her best friend.

She graduated from La Harpe High School in 1985 and from Truman State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1989 and was an obstetrics nurse for eight years at McDonough District Hospital.

She graduated with a Master's of Science degree from University of Illinois at Chicago as a nurse practitioner in 1997.

She also has a degree from the University of Iowa, a Master's of Science in Nursing education and graduated in 2000.

Crim and her husband, Brandon, have two children, Jared, a freshman at Illini West, and Victoria, a seventh-grader at La Harpe Jr. High.

She is currently an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She takes care of people and their health care needs. Primary family care is her specialty. She takes care of people of all ages.

She has previously been a lifeguard when she was in high school and was a college student representative for freshman orientations. She was also a nurse's aid and an OB nurse.

She enjoys scrapbooking, going on trips with her friends, and traveling. She plays bells at her church, she enjoys singing and karaoke whenever she can, and helps with the children at church.

She is a member of the Illinois Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association.

She serves on the board for the Illinois Rural Health Association that promotes and lobbies for activities that enhance the services and access to services for rural Illinois.

She feels very privileged to have been able to work with her grandfather, Dr. Mueller.

She says, "I learned a lot just being in his office when I substituted for his nurse." She also spent one summer in the mornings just observing.

She also enjoys her job very much as it is so rewarding. She says, "It is not very often you can say that you really enjoy your work, but I wouldn't give it up."

She also is very thankful for her family, "My husband, kids, and family are my greatest blessings (and this includes the in-laws too)."