Joyce Henderson, 60, a Washington area native who had co-owned and operated a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont for the last 27 years, died Nov. 2 at a hospital in Burlington, Vt. She had lung cancer, respiratory failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The death was confirmed by her sister, Diana E. Henderson.

Early in her career, Ms. Henderson worked in Washington as a project officer for Africa and the South Pacific region with Appropriate Technology International, a nonprofit economic development organization now known as EnterpriseWorks/VITA.

In 1982, she moved to Cairo to work as a writer and editor for Chemonics International, a consulting company that provides technical help for developing countries. In 1985, she and her husband started the Chipman Inn in Ripton, Vt., where she lived.

Joyce Graham Henderson was an Arlington County native and a 1969 graduate of T.C. Williams High School. She was a 1973 graduate of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, William B. Pierce of Ripton; a brother, Geoffrey R. Henderson of Arlington; and a sister, Diana E. Henderson of Boston.

— Adam Bernstein