Norma Boe, 57, a resident of the Washington area for the last 20 years who was active in service organizations, died Monday at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. She had cancer.

Mrs. Boe was born in Teague, Tex. During World War II, she moved to Corpus Christi, where she helped sell war bonds and met her future husband a Navy pilot. They were married in 1946.

The family lived at various naval stations over the years, but made their permanent home in the Washington area in 1960.

Mrs. Boe was a Red Cross Gray Lady for many years. She also was on the board of the Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard Residence Foundation, which built Vinson Hall, a residence for service widows in McLean. She was a member of the Naval Officers Wives Club and active in its fund-raising and publicity work. She had been a member of the Army-Navy Girls Organization, a nursing group.

For about 18 months up until last summer, when she had to retire for reasons of health, she worked at the Potomac Gallery, an art gallery run by a daughter in Alexandria.

Mrs. Boe's survivors include her husband, retired Navy Capt. Nils W. Boe, of Arlington, where the family lives; two daughters, Helene Jones of Alexandria, and Melissa Cierkowski of Arlington; a son, Nils W. Jr., of Virginia Beach Va.; her mother, Mrs. Sam P. Black of Teague; four sisters, Alice Lea Vail of El Paso, Tex. Sally Moore and Ann Jacobsen, both of Conroe, Texas, and Geraldine Jarvis of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Horace Black of Teague, and one grandchild.