Beatrice Jean Boroff, 76, an area resident for 33 years whose poetry had been published in periodicals and anthologies, died Jan. 19 at Manor Care nursing home in Adelphi, where she had lived for about 13 months. She had a cardiovascular ailment.

A native of Chicago, Mrs. Boroff was reared in Minneapolis. She taught kindergarten and worked as legal secretary there before her marriage in 1931 to George Boroff, who had been district sales manager in the Auto-Lite division of the Ford Motor Co. here. Mr. Boroff died in 1966..

Mrs. Boroff began writing poetry as a child. She was a founder of the League of Minnesota Poets in 1936. A poem she wrote in about 1933, "Welcome Stranger, Guest or Ranger," won a Minnesota Poets poetry contest and was widely used in community celebrations throughout the state.

Her poetry also was published in such anthologies as "American Women Poets of 1937," "An Anthology of Contemporary Verse -- Sommets," 1939, "From the Valleys to the Mountains," 1945, and "Poems of the Arrowhead," compiled and edited by Louise Leighton..

Mrs. Boroff, who had lived in Wheaton for many years, was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Temple Israel Conservative in Silver Spring, and the Hadassah of the Greater Washington Area.

She was active in the Women's American Organization for Rehabilitation in Training (ORT).

Survivors include a son, Burton H., of the home in Wheaton.