Marcelle E. Gordon, 57, who had been active in community affairs in Springfield, died of cancer Tuesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

She was the wife of Army Col. John D. Gordon, director of supply at the Defense Fuel Supply Center, Cameron Station. They had maintained a home in Springfield since 1959.

Mrs. Gordon was born in Lawrence, Mass., and attended the University of New Hampshire. She had accompanied her husband on a number of tours of duty abroad.

While they were in Germany after World War II, she helped establish Die Brucke (The Bridge), an organization to foster better understanding between the German and American peoples.

In the 1960s, while they were in Japan and Okinawa, she helped raise funds for orphanages and taught Sunday school classes for American and foreign children. She lived in Hawaii with her husband during 1972-76.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Bruce A. and Donald S., all of the home; another son, John R. of Centreville, Va.; a daughter, Karyl Anne, of Alexandria; a sister, Claire Lederman, of Gainsville, Fla.; a brother, John E. Serverance, of Lexington, Mass., and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.