Marion Taylor Griffith, 61, a former Gaithersburg high school teacher and civic leader died Monday at Montgomery General Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

She retired in 1951 after eight years as an instructor of English and French at Gaithersburg High School. Earlier, she had taught at Cambridge and Poolesville high schools.

A resident of this area for 35 years. Mrs. Griffith was born in Seranton, Pa. A summa cum laude graduate of Marywood College there, she earned a master's degree from Columbia University.

She was the wife of Ulysses Griffith House of Delegates and a clerk of the District Court for Montgomery County for the past 20 years.

A member of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau for 30 years. Mrs. Griffith was former editor of their newsletter and was the farm bureau representative on the Commission for the Preservation of Historical Sites in Montgomery County.

She was a past president of the Northern Montgomery County Women's Democratic Club, past president of the Laytonsville Elementary School PTA, as well as a past trustee of the school.

Mrs. Griffith was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church in Laytonsville and past president of the Women's Guild there.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Ulysses V, and a daughter, Jane Ann, all of the home near Laytonsville, and a sister, Glady's Taylor, of Switzerland.