Educator and author Joyce Taylor passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, after an extended illness. She was 81.
Joyce grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina but called Carteret County, N.C., home for nearly 60 years. She began her career as a consumer seafood specialist in 1974 for North Carolina Sea Grant at the North Carolina State University Seafood Laboratory in Morehead City where she became known as the “Guru of Seafood.” Joyce received recognition and numerous awards for raising the public visibility of North Carolina seafood.
Under her leadership, a group of community volunteers developed kitchen-tested, seafood recipes using only the commercial species landed by North Carolina fishermen. The very best earned the approval of Joyce and her team, and were included in the group’s newsletters — and later in the resource manual Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas, for which this blog is named.
Friends are invited to gather to remember Joyce at the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, 303 College Circle, Room 205, Morehead City on Friday, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m.
To learn more about Joyce, go to www.mundenfuneralhome.net/obituaries/obituaries.php.