Marcia Zarley Taylor
Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00 - 10:00 AM
- Place of Visitation:
O'Connell Funeral Home
30 Little Plains Road
- Funeral Mass:
Friday, February 24, , 2017 at 10:30 AM
Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts RC Church
Southampton, New York
Sacred Hearts RC Cemetery
Southampton, New York
Born: March 10, 1955
Died: February 19, 2017
Marcia Zarley Taylor, 61, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., formerly of Haddonfield, N.J., passed away Feb. 19, from breast cancer.
Taylor was born Mar. 10, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was an internationally recognized agribusiness journalist. She was executive editor of DTN/Progressive Farmer and previously worked as an editor for Farm Journal and Successful Farming magazines. She was a former president of the American Agricultural Editor’s Association and was set to become North American Agricultural Journalists Association’s new president this spring.
She graduated summa cum laude in 1977 from Iowa State University with degrees in journalism and agronomy, and during her 40-year career she won nearly every agribusiness award for news, feature, and editorial writing, including the AAEA Oscar in Agriculture, AAEA Writer of the Year, and two-time NAAJ Glen Cunningham Writer of the Year. She was the first American journalist to venture into the wilds of Brazil in the 1990s to report on farmers, both Brazilian and American, who were challenging America’s position as the world leader in commodity grain production. She is survived by her husband John; sisters Debbie Beres and Lori Lawson and their husbands James Beres and Dave Lawson; brother Craig Zarley and his wife Debra Durchslag; sister-in-law Mary Manley and her husband Patrick Manley; brothers-in-law James Taylor and Herb Taylor and his former spouse Jina Taylor; and 3 nieces and five nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Guy Zarley and mother Marjorie Zarley Wallace. Marcia was a loving wife, beloved aunt, avid gardener, reader, traveler, and active in her parish and women’s education. Services were held February 24, in Southampton, NY. Memorial services will be held in the spring in Philadelphia and the Midwest. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marcia’s name can be made to the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE), Old St. Joseph’s Historic Preservation Corporation (Philadelphia, PA), the Sag Harbor Partnership, or another charity of your choice.