Rose A. Dillon, 83, a past president of several Catholic women's organizations, died Friday at the Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Hyattsville. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Dillon was born is Sayville, N.Y. She came to Washington in 1916 to take a job at the Commerce Department. There she met Raymond E. Dillon, and they were married in 1921. She resigned from Commerce at that time to raise a family.

Her church work included the presidency of the sodality of St. Anthony's Church, the presidency of the East Deanery of the Washington Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women and the presidency of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary. She also was a past secretary of the knights of St. John and a longtime member of the Washington Retreat League.

Mrs. Dillon also was a past president of the Brookland Friendly Senior Citizens. She lived in the Brookland section of Washington until moving to the nursing home about two years ago.

Her husband died in 1972.

Survivors include three sons, James E., of Hyattsville, the Rev. George W., of Charlotte, N.C., and Raymond E., of Darnestown, Md.; one daughter, Margaret Polzin of Miami, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.