Mae A. Kane, 84, a longtime area resident who was active in church and school organisations, died Thursday of complications following surgery at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

A native of Baltimore, Mrs. Kane moved to Washington with her family as a child and grew up on Capitol Hill. She attended the old Business High School here and worked as a secretary for the Department of the Navy until her marriage in 1924 to William A. Kane. He died in 1968.

Mrs. Kane moved to Bethesda in 1965 and for the past two years had been living at Fernwood House nursing home there.

She was a former member of the Church of the Nativity in Washington, where she was active in the Sodality.

Survivors include four sons, the Rev Thomas A., of Washington; William A. Jr., of Bethesda, Eugene I., of Silver Spring, and Joseph J., of Canoga Park, Calif.; three daughters, Bernadette M. Mitchell, of Tustin, Calif., Mary Ellen McAuliffe, of Rockville, and Elizabeth Ann Rogers, of Silver Spring; a brother, William F. Murray, of Chicago and 39 grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Assumption Parochial School, c/o Mission Schoolmate, Assumption Church, Washington. CAPTION: Picture, MAE A. KANE