Rita Margaret McBride Gallagher, 67, a retired employe of the Woodward & Lothrop department store who had lived in the Washington area since 1936, died of respiratory and cardiac arrest Dec. 18 at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She lived in Germantown, Md.

She was a native of Salem, Mass. She met her husband, former heavyweight fighter Marty Gallagher, when he was training in Massachusetts for a 1936 bout with King Levinsky. They were married after a month-long courtship and moved to Washington, where he later was boxing coach at Georgetown University. They lived in Bethesda from 1940 until moving to Germantown two years ago.

Mrs. Gallagher sold shoes for Woodward & Lothrop for 15 years before retiring in the late 1970s.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda.

In addition to her husband, of Germantown, survivors include four sons, Timothy John, of Spencerville, Kevin Joseph, of Silver Spring, and Stephen Michael and Martin William Jr., both of Germantown; three daughters, Margaret Ellen Caswell of Damascus, Sheila Mary Convis of Gaithersburg, and Rita Kathleen Cannady of Honolulu; a sister, Ruth Ralston of Bethesda; three brothers, James McBride of New Hampshire, William McBride of Philadelphia, and Joseph McBride of Silver Spring, and 10 grandchildren.