Mary Ellen Keough, 66 of Beaufort, SC passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at her family residence in Beaufort.\nMass of a Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at St. Peter's Catholic Church beginning at 10:00 AM.\nMary was born on July 15, 1955 in Toms River, NJ the daughter of Ernest Elwood and Mary (D'Ambra) Stout. She later married John F. Keough, who was her husband for 45 years until his passing in October of 2018. Mary Ellen loved horseback riding, gardening, and swimming in her pool. She also loved her work for over 30 years as the Records Manager for Beaufort County before retiring in 2019.\nSurvivors include: two daughters: Kim Marie Keough (Adam) Draisen, and Kate Ann Keough (Robert) Bechtold; and 7 beloved grandchildren: Lauren Bechtold, Gabriel Draisen, John Bechtold, Caleb Draisen, Hannah Bechtold, Ethan Draisen, and Katelyn Bechtold. \nIn lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Samaritans Purse.