D. Katherine Smith, 84, a Cheverly resident for 50 years who was active in service and church organizations, died Thursday of a respiratory ailment at Prince George's General Hospital in Cheverly.

Mrs. Smith had been in failing health since August, when she suffered a broken hip and shoulder.

She was born in Montgomery Center, Vt., and graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

She came to Washington in 1919 and worked for the adjutant general's office until her marriage in 1925 to Retired Army Col. Crawford J. Smith.

During World War II, she returned to the adjutant general's office, where she was employed until the end of the war.

Mrs. Smith was active in the missionary work of the Kuji Christian Center in Japan, where she had accompanied her husband on a military assignment in the mid-1950s.

She was a member of the Prince George's General Hospital Guild and a former chairman of the guild's gift shop.

She also was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, where she was active in the Brown Class, the Lucia Green Circle and the Women's Missionary Society.

Besides her husband, of the home in Cheverly, survivors include a daughter, Janet S. Grove, of Adelphi; a sister, Helen Baker, of Amherst, Mass., and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Katherine and Crawford J. Smith Hunger Fund at the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington.