Mary Phyllis Waters, 85, of Beaufort, SC, died on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at her residence. She was the second child of Randolph Wood and Marie B. Lewis. She is survived by daughters Colonel Roxanne Cheney, USMC (Ret) of Beaufort, SC, and Kimberly (Michael) Madeja of Eldersburg, MD; sister Sarah Fry of Amelia, OH; and a host of loving nieces and nephews and dear friends all over the country. She was predeceased by her husband Major Francis (Frank) A. Waters, USMC (Ret) in 2007 and her sister, Vivian Eberhardt, in January. Mary was born in the house her father built in Emmons, WV. Mary and her two sisters were fiercely loyal to one another and felt privileged to be part of the Lewis clan despite their poverty; everyone was in the same boat so they didn't realize until much later that they were poor'. Mary was particularly devoted to her Uncle Ken, "a saint if ever there was one." When Mary was a young teen her family moved to South Charleston, WV, where Mary helped support the household by working in a grocery store. Mary never forgot the produce manager who allowed her to take home the bruised and overripe produce - it was an important part of the family's fare. Later the family moved to Cincinnati, OH, where Mary worked as a receptionist in a doctor's office and a hat model. She was a finalist one year in the "Miss Cincinnati" contest and was named "Miss Wings of Ohio" upon winning a hair contest. In Cincinnati Mary met a Marine who recruited her not for the Corps, but to be his wife. Together Frank and Mary enjoyed duty stations in VA, NC, and CA, but Mary and their daughters returned to Cincinnati to live near extended family while Frank served multiple tours in Vietnam and Okinawa. In 1976 Frank retired from the Corps to begin a career with (and eventually become a partner in) the prestigious consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. They lived in Beachwood, OH and Chicago, IL during the Booz Allen years. In the early 1990s, Frank joined Gemini Consulting in Morristown, NJ. In 1998, Mary and Frank retired to Governor's Land at Two Rivers in Williamsburg, VA. In 2005 they relocated to Beaufort to be near Roxanne. Mary epitomized the adage, "to have a good friend,be a good friend." She met people and made friends through volunteering (for example,with the American Red Cross; as a school crossing guard; as a docent at a historic home in Washington,DC;and,in Chicago,at the Art Institute and Newberry Library) and finding common interests(for example, with a close-knit group of bridge pals in Beaufort and the mahjongg mavens at the Beth Israel Synagogue). She embraced life fully, reminding others,"This isn't a dress rehearsal: this is your life!" She was loving and loyal and generous(in every sense of the word)with her family,friends, and community at large. Mary was raised a Methodist, married an Episcopalian, and upon moving to Beaufort joined her daughter's Presbyterian Church. She was not concerned with denominational differences, saying "It's all the same God". The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the dedicated professionals who provided Mary with tender, loving care for an extended period: Sonia Jimenez,Minnie Murray, and Keyca Washington. They are also grateful to Peggy Cook(Friends of Caroline Hospice)for helping Mary and the family through the final hours. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Beaufort on March 7,2013,at 2 p.m. Mary will eventually be inurned with Frank at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Mary's memory to First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort or Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton,SC.