Elizabeth A. McLane, 59, a former teacher who served as a WAVE during World War II and who retired earlier this year as an assistant division chief of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Arlington, died of cancer Thursday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. She lived in Kensington.

Mrs. McLane worked for the Sea Systems Command for 24 years. She became an assistant division chief three years ago and received numerous outstanding performance awards during her career.

She was the author of a government handbook on bookkeeping and auditing procedures.

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Mrs. McLane graduated from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa. She taught school in Scranton and Philadelphia for 17 years before moving to this area in 1968.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park and its altar and rosary societies.

Her marriage to Harold Anderson ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, retired Air Force Maj. Joseph T. McLane of Kensington; a son by her first marriage, Harold Anderson, of Scranton; three daughters by her second marriage, Anne Birmingham of Glen Burnie, and Sharon and Kathy McLane, both of Kensington; two stepsons, John and Joseph McLane, both of Philadelphia; her mother, Kathryn Carter, two brothers, Donald and Robert Carter, and a sister, Kathryn Voda, all of Lake Winola, Pa.; another brother, Joseph Carter of Bridgeport, Conn., and 17 grandchildren.