Joyce Litz, a former political action committee coordinator for an insurance trade association in Washington who later became a writer, died Jan. 16 at a hospital in Albuquerque. She was 85.

She had a stroke, her son, Craig Litz, said.

Mrs. Litz came to the Washington area in 1962. She began working in 1975 for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a federation of insurance organizations. She was the association’s PAC coordinator until her retirement in 1995.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Mrs. Litz published many articles in a variety of journals. She was the author of “The Montana Frontier: One Woman’s West,” a nonfiction account of her grandmother’s life, published in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press.

Joyce Diane Hazen was born in Lewistown, Mont., and graduated from high school in Logan, Utah. She received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from George Mason University in 1975.

She lived in Falls Church and Arlington County before moving to Albuquerque in 1995.

Her marriage to Leon E. Litz ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Cheryl McNab of Denver, Sandra Litz of Baltimore and Craig Litz of Dallas; a brother; and three grandsons.

— Matt Schudel