Audrey Price Dunkleberger, 61, a retired government analyst and writer who was active in volunteer and civic groups, died of Cancer Wednesday at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Dunkleberger began her government career with the Agriculture Department's Food Distribution Administration during World War II. After the war, she went to Germany to work on food distribution problems with the military government before returning to Washington in 1946. She retired shortly after that to rear a family.

She worked as an analyst with the Agency for International Development in the early 1970s, then spent three years as a writer with the tax-payer services unit of the Internal Revenue Service.

Mrs. Dunkleberger had done volunteer work for the Democratic Party in Silver Spring and also had been active in Save The Whales campaigns and in fund-raising efforts for the American Cancer Society.

She had been active in the National Wildlife Federation and was a member of the Woodside Park Civic Association. She was a resident of Silver Spring.

Mrs. Dunkleberger was a native of South Dakota and came to Washington in 1940. She graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland in 1970 and earned a degree in English.

Survivors include her husband, Harry I., a son, Steven, and a daughter, Amy D., all of Silver Spring; two sisters, Zenie Herther of Minot, N.D., and Majorie Sorensen of Miami, and her mother, Josephine Price of Walker, Minn.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University.