Anne Leigh Rudeen, the author of five novels, died at her home in South Salem, N.Y., on Sunday, July 3. She was 85.

A resident of South Salem for more than 50 years, she also lived in New Port Richey, Fla., and had many friends in Ridgefield.

Rudeen, née Snyder, was born on June 27, 1931 in Topeka, Kans., to Frances Louise and John Thomas Snyder, and grew up in Great Bend, Kans. She earned a B.A. in English and Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Kansas in 1952.

After working at International House in New York City, she served as a substitute teacher at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y., in the 1960s and 1970s. She published her first novel, Summerblood (Warner Books) in 1978, followed by American Royal (Warner Books) in 1980, and Jam Archer and Wild Dalton in 2008. With her daughter, Louisa, she co-wrote Tessa of Destiny (Avon Books) in 1980 and Green Lady (Avon Books) in 1981, both under the pseudonym Leigh Ellis.

She was married to Kenneth S. Rudeen of Kansas City, Mo., from 1952 until his death in 2003. His 40-year career as a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated magazine took them to sporting events around the world, including the Olympic Games and the America’s Cup races.

Her other passions included attending rock concerts, taking Zumba classes, and creating art projects in various media.

She is survived by her daughter Louisa Rudeen Beckett and son-in-law Gary Beckett of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; sister Patricia Trebilcox of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren Kaitlyn Beckett and Kalea Beckett; grandnephew Miles Grogger, and godson Jay Grimm.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Pasco County, humanesocietyofpasco.org, or to an animal rescue society of one’s choice. Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah, N.Y. was in charge of arrangements.