Born in Washington, D.C. to her parents Jim and Ann Muthig, MARY JEFFCOAT learned the values of hard work, community service and personal responsibility at a young age. Growing up in a middle class home with seven siblings (4 brothers and 3 sisters), family has always played an important role in
Mary's life and she's never forgotten where she came from and why it's important to
put others first.
After graduating Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C. in 1970, Mary enrolled in the
University of South Carolina's College of Journalism where she earned her bachelor's
degree in 1973. In 1977, she married Allen Jeffcoat and they are still going strong
after 42 years of marriage. Their first daughter, Ann, was born in 1981. Their second
daughter, Sarah, was born in 1987. Allen and Mary became grandparents in 2006
when their granddaughter Zoe was born to Ann and her husband, Aaron Corbin, who
live in Hendersonville, N.C. Sarah is married to Myrtle Beach realtor Jay Bonnoitt.
MARY JEFFCOAT began her professional career more than 40 years ago, and she has worked as a media relations and strategic planning consultant for various corporate and non-profit clients. Mary serves as the Communications Director for Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery outside Charleston, S.C., where she worked for the past 25 years. During her career, she has worked in public relations, advertising and media relations for organizations like the Municipal Association of South Carolina, the Factory Outlets in Salley, S.C., the Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.
MARY JEFFCOAT was elected to Myrtle Beach City Council in 2015. Mary represents the City of Myrtle Beach on the Community and Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Association of S.C., where she was appointed to the group's Legislative Committee, and is a graduate of the S.C. Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government and Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute.
Prior to Mary's election to Council four years ago, she served on Myrtle Beach City Council from 1984 to 1992. After serving those two terms, Mary focused her time and talents toward helping non-profit groups and charitable causes in Myrtle Beach. Among the groups and organizations she has helped include: Mercy Hospice of Horry County, Myrtle Beach's Taste of the Town, Leadership Grand Strand, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Advisory Council, Street Reach Ministries, New Directions of Horry County and the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.
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