Marianna Patricia Anderson, 59, a retired personnel official with the National Capital Housing Authority and a former national president of Chi Sigma, a national women's business sorority, died of cancer Sunday at her home in Vienna.

Miss Anderson was a member of the fifth generation of her family to be born in Washington. She graduated from Wilson High School and then attended the Temple Business School.

She began her career with NCHA in 1941 and remained there until her retirement in 1976.

Miss Anderson was a member of Chi Sigma for many years. In addition to having served as its national president, she was a member of its board of directors, a post she held until her death.

Since her retirement from NCHA, Miss Anderson had been active in the Meals-on-Wheels program in Bethesda, where she lived until July, when he moved to Vienna to live with a sister. She also had been a volunteer typist and bookkeeper for the Archdiocese of Washington. She was a member of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include a sister, Catherine Anderson Finnerty, of Vienna.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hospice of Northern Virginia, Inc., PO. Box 1590, Arlington, 22210, or to the Chi Sigma National Charity Fund, 1323 Chilton Dr., Silver Spring, 20904.