Mary Elizabeth McGinnis Spinelli, 62, a member of the Army Nurse Corps in World War II and a former resident of the Washington area, died of cancer April 13 at the Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She lived in Wayne, Pa.

Mrs. Spinelli, who was born in Bluffton, Ohio, completed her nurse's training at St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, Ohio. She joined the Army Nurse Corps in World War II and served in North Africa and Europe.

After her marriage to Joseph D. Spinelli, now a retired Army lieutenant colonel, she lived at various military posts in this country. From 1970 to 1976, she was a resident of Fairfax and then of Fort Belvoir.

In addition to her husband, of Wayne, survivors include four daughters, Theresa Bolling of Enterprise, Ala., Anita Stone of Savannah, Ga., Rosemary Carroll of South Padre Island, Tex., and Elizabeth A. Spinelli of South Bend, Ind.; six sons, John J., of South Bend, James L., of Gaithersburg, Nicholas F., of Houston, Joseph D. Jr., of State College, Pa., and Robert C. and Edward V., both of Wayne; two sisters, Annie Parker of Put-in Bay, Ohio, and Adelaide Heineman of Port Clinton, Ohio, and six grandchildren.