Ruth Goddard Price, 68, an Arlington resident for 33 years who was active in women's organizations, died of cancer Wednesday at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Price was a past president of the Opti-Mrs. Club of Washington, the Potomac Women's Club and the Arlington Federation of Women's Clubs.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. She attended Boston University and the Leland Powers School of Theater in Boston before her marriage in 1933 to L. B. Price Sr., now a retired regional sales manager for Stanley Home Products.

Before coming to this area in 1940, Mrs. Price and her husband lived in Wilmington, Del., where she worked as a drama coach.

In 1973, they returned to Wilmington, where Mrs. Price operated Ruth's Shell Shop. The shop sold Christmas ornaments called Originals," which she made from sea shells from around the world.

Mr. and Mrs. Price moved to Stuart, Fla., two years ago. They were visiting here at the time of her death.

Besides her husband, of the home, survivors include three sons, Lewis B. Jr., and Richard B., both of Fairfax, and Roger A., of Washington, a daughter, Barbara Ann Sherwood, of Springfield; a brother, Alvin Goddard, of Muskegon, Mich., and 12 grandchildren.

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