Priscilla Garfield Bruns, 63, active in patriotic organizations, died Wednesday at Washington Adventist Hospital after a long illness.

Active for 26 years in the Children of the American Revolution, she was elected last month as honorary senior national vice president of the organization.

Mrs. Bruns also had been senior president of the Maryland Ark and Dove Society of CAR, state president of the Maryland CAR and editor of the CAR national magazine.

She was a former regent of Erasmus Perry chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Silver Spring. A descendent of John Alden, she was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia.

Born in White Plains, N.Y., Mrs. Bruns had worked for the fashion departments of Good Housekeeping magazine and Franklin Simon department store in New York before moving here in 1951.

She is survived by her husband, Franklin R. Bruns Jr., the stamps and coin columnist of The Washington Post, of the home in Takoma Park; four children, Mrs. Edwin G. Sando, of Greenbelt, Franklin R. III, of Silver Spring, James H., of Berwyn Heights, and Katharine R. Bruns, of Takoma Park; her stepmother, Mrs. Chester A. Garfield, of Gorham, Maine; two sisters, Mrs. James H. Reck, of Freehold, N.J., and Mrs. F. David Hutchinson Jr., of Romney, W. Va.; a half-sister, Mrs. Rowe Steele, of Landing, N.J., and eight grandchildren.