Mary Louise Moreland, 61, a secretary at the National Education Association since 1951 and a World War II veteran of the Women's Army Corps, died of cancer Friday at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda.

Miss Moreland, who was born in Hastings, Neb., served in the WACs at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, during World War II. She then returned home and graduated from Hastings College.

At the NEA, she was a secretary in the divisions of rural services and organization relations. In 1972, she transferred to the instruction and professional development unit and remained there until her death.

Miss Moreland, who lived in Washington, was a past commander of the American Legion USS Jacob Jones Post No. 2. She also was a president of the WAC Veterans Association Chapter No. 16.

She was a past worthy matron of the Miriam Chapter No. 23 of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Moreland of Arizona and a brother, Robert, of Norfolk, Neb.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C.