Camilla Gillette, 83, a retired clerk in the buildings management section of the General Services Administration, died of cardio-pulmonary arrest Tuesday at the Chevy Chase Nursing & Convalescent Center in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Gillette came to Washington in 1943 and joined the GSA that year. She was a director of the old Arlington Farms, a housing center for women working for the government during World War II. She was employed by the GSA at the Pentagon at the time she retired in 1966.

She worked in buildings management in private industry in Northern Virginia before retiring a second time and moving to Milton, Pa., in 1968. She returned to this area and moved into the Chevy Chase Center in 1978.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Gillette was a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of both Bucknell and Pennsylvania State University.

Her husband, Charles C. Gillette, died in 1938.

Survivors include two daughters, Camilla G. Haase of Chevy Chase, and Sara G. Curry of Oxon Hill; a son, C. Clifford, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister, Helene R. Morgan of Schenectady, N. Y., and five grandchildren. a

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.