Elizabeth Neely Hathaway, 98, a retired employe of the Shoreham Hotel and a longtime resident of Chevy Chase, where she was active in church and community organizations, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at the Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville.

Mrs. Hathaway was a native of Pittsburgh and moved to Chevy Chase in 1908. She and her late husband, Ernest D. Hathaway, were founding members of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.

She was a member of the Chevy Chase Village Community Center and the Chevy Chase Garden Club. She helped with beautification projects at Chevy Chase Circle and along Connecticut Avenue.

Following her husband's death in 1932, Mrs. Hathaway became the laundry manager at the Shoreham Hotel, a post she held until retiring in 1957. She has lived with a daughter, Rebecca Torreson, in Bethesda from the mid-1930s until Mrs. Torreson's death in 1977. Since then, she had lived with a granddaughter, Elizabeth Jones, in Arlington.

In addition to her granddaughter, Mrs. Hathaway's survivors include a son, Caleb Hathaway of Bethesda; two other grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Elizabeth N. Hathaway Memorial Fund, 1 Chevy Chase Cir., Chevy Chase, 20015.