Sally Ortiz, 60, who had been active in volunteer work in the Washington area since the 1950s, died of cardio pulmonary arrest Sunday at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.
Mrs. Ortiz was a native of Harrisburg, Pa., and attended Pennsylvania State University. She was a 1941 graduate of the Germantown (Pa.) Hospital School of Nursing.
During World War II she served with the Marines first in a base hospital in Cleveland and then aboard a ship that took part in the Allied invasion of Salerno, Italy.
Following the war she joined a South American subsidiary of what is now Exxon and went to Venezuela as a nursing supervisor.
Mrs. Ortiz first came to Washington in 1949, then accompanied her husband, Nestor Ortiz, now a retired Foreign Service officer, to posts in Brazil and the Middle East.
While living in Beirut in the early 1950s, Mrs. Ortiz voluteered her time as a nurse. While living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the late 1950s, she worked as a fund-raiser with the Salvation Army.
She returned to the Washington area in 1959 and made her home in Alexandria. She volunteered her time as a nurse with the Red Cross. She worked in blood drives, at times drove an ambulance, and during the Vietnam conflict met returning wounded servicemen at Andrews Air Force Base.
She also raised pure-bred German sheperd dogs and one of them became an American Kennel Club champion. She was a member of the Old Dominion Kennel Club.
Mrs. Ortiz had been a member of the Georgetown and University clubs.
In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, she is survived by a brother, William Fellers, and a sister, Gertrude Shuev, both of Harrisburg.