Sarah McElroy "Sally" Evans, 53, office manager for White House press secretaries Jim Brady, Larry Speakes and Marlin Fitzwater in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, died of cancer Aug. 31 at home in Washington.

Mrs. Evans was born in New Jersey, grew up in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and graduated from Immaculata College in Washington. After college, she worked for ABC News in New York but then returned to Washington and took a job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

During the Nixon and Ford administrations, she worked in the White House office of personnel. She worked in the office of public affairs at the Defense Department during the Carter Administration.

After Ronald Reagan's election as president in 1980, White House Press Secretary Jim Brady asked Mrs. Evans to manage his office. She held this position through the Bush Administration, then served in the office of public affairs at the Department of Education and later as press secretary to Rep. Harold Volkmer (D-Mo.). At her death, Mrs. Evans was assistant to the chief executive officer of America's Voice, a Capitol Hill-based political news cable network.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Evans of Washington; her father, Frank X. McElroy of Rockville Centre; five brothers; five sisters; three stepchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.