Emily K. Lane, 87, former executive secretary of the D.C. Graduate Nurses Association and a Red Cross nurse in France in World War I, died of cardiac arrest Friday at her home in Arlington.

She was with a mobile hospital unit in the Meuse-Argonne and St. Mihiel offensives in 1918. After the war, she worked in administrative nursing positions in the Chicago area and then attended Teachers College at Columbia University.

Mrs. Lane came to Washington in 1929 as a science instructor at the old Gallinger Hospital School of Nursing, a position she held until 1935.

After earning a bachelor of science degree at Catholic University, she was with the Graduate Nurses Association until 1939.

Mrs. Lane was born in Rock Springs, Wis. She graduated from the Lake View Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago in 1917.

In Washington, she was an active member of Luther Place Memorial Church, the Jane A. Delano Post No. 6 of the American Legion, the Womens Overseas Service League, the Red Cross Nursing Service, the Twentieth Century Club, the Davis Memorial Goodwill Guild and the Women's Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Her first husband, W.J. Eck, who was with the Southern Railway, died in 1957. She married Orley B. Lane, who was with the Veterans Administration, in 1963. He died in 1974.

She is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Hummel of Reedsburg, Wis., and Marie Payne of Portage, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Gaynelle Becker of Portsmouth, R.I., and Mary Carole Sheets of Burtonsville, Md., and three stepsons, Donald Lane of Hillside, Md., the Rev. John F. Lane of Marlboro, Md., and Orley B. Lane Jr. of Katonah, N.Y.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to World Hunger Relief at Luther Palce Memorial Church.