Mary M. Illes, 86, passed away on March 2, 2022 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was surrounded in love and comfort by much of her family. She is survived by her Husband, Steve J. Illes, USMC Ret, of Beaufort after more than 68 years of loving marriage. Seven children, Chris (Chuck) Wood of Beaufort, Sharon (Michael) Ayers of Flower Mound, TX, Teresa Semmler of Bluffton, SC, Michael (Becky) Illes of Lake City, SC, Joe Illes of Hampton, VA, John (DonaRae) Illes of Phoenix, AZ. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Steve J Illes, IV USMC, in 1989. She had ten grandchildren, Jami Ayers, Brad Kendig, Lauren Motta, Kyle Kendig, Rowyn (Illes) Zeigler, Amanda (Illes) Smitley, Jesse Illes, David Motta, Charlie Illes, Rob Semmler, and three Step-Grands, Payton Smith, Paul Smith, and Landen Johnson; and five great-grands. She is also survived by her sisters Doris Weidner of Buckeye Lake, OH, Sally (Don) Winegar of Kettering, OH, and brother Bill Bauer of Kettering, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and so many friends, especially Carol and Jim Nottoli, of Beaufort. She was predeceased by a brother Nick Bauer.\nShe was born Oct 18, 1935 in Dayton, OH to her loving parents, Harold and Estelle (Waitzman) Bauer.\nMary was a lifelong Marine wife (husband Steve, Capt (Ret) USMC; Marine Mother, combined 9 children and sons/daughters in law serving; and Marine Grandmother, 3 grandchildren having served in the Marines. She was very active with the Marine Corps League and volunteered abundantly and selflessly to provide comfort and food to returning Marines and those on duty during holidays.\nSince they relocated to Beaufort in 2002, Mary devoutly attended St. Peter's Catholic Church on Lady's Island and volunteered much of her time to church needs and activities. Prior to Beaufort, they resided in Eutawville, SC on Lake Marion where she loved to fish and to watch the wildlife around her. They attended St. Ann Catholic Church in Holly Hill, SC for 25 years and have many friends from their time there.\nShe loved to garden, manicure her yard and watch her birds. She always enjoyed traveling, exploring, and visiting historical places, festivals, craft shows, beaches, parks and wildlife preserves. Mary was selfless in her unwavering support and unconditional love for family and friends. Her infectious smile and laugh lit up every room she entered and will be sorely missed.\nThe family will receive friends on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 9:30am at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am with burial to follow in Beaufort National Cemetery at 12 o'clock noon. \nIn lieu of Flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in her memory to the Marine Corps League, Yellow Footprints Detachment #1154 c/o John Stump, 1811 Dolphin Row Dr. Beaufort, SC, 29906.