Beatrice Simmons Sabghir, 61, an area piano teacher for 35 years before retiring in 1981 who was active in Jewish organizations, died Nov. 9 at the Washington Hospital Center after surgery for a heart ailment. She maintained homes in Silver Spring and Boca Raton, Fla.

Mrs. Sabghir helped found and taught in the Group Piano Program in the Montgomery County schools in the 1960s and 1970s. She gave piano lessons at the Hebrew Academy of Washington from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s.

She was a life member of the Pioneer Women and belonged to that organization's Medina and Golda Meir clubs. She was named Pioneer Woman of the Year in 1971 by the Washington Area Council of Pioneer Women.

Mrs. Sabghir was a founder and past president of the Sisterhood of the Beth Israel Congregation when it was in Washington. For the last 21 years, she had been a member of Temple Israel in Silver Spring.

Born in Massachusetts, she lived in Detroit and New York City before moving here in 1942. She was a graduate of Brooklyn College.

Survivors include her husband, Aaron, of Silver Spring and Boca Raton; two sons, David, of Brooklyn, and Jonathan, of Davie, Fla.; two daughters, Naomi Zeiger of Philadelphia, and Judith Sabghir Elias of Silver Spring; her father, Benjamin Simmons, and a sister, Ada Simmons, both of Toms River, N.J., and nine grandchildren.