Rosemary Wire Anderson, 59, a retired secretary to the board of directors of the Washington Home and Hospice and a former director of the Alumnae Association of Holton Arms School, died of cancer Nov. 7 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Anderson, a resident of Bethesda, was born in Washington. She grew up in Chevy Chase. She graduated from Holton Arms and Wheaton College.

She joined the staff of Holton Arms in 1964 and headed the Alumnae Association from 1965 to 1985. She then went to work at the Washington Home, where she became secretary to the board and assistant to the chief executive. She retired in 1997.

Mrs. Anderson also raised cattle at Wadefield, her farm in Washington, Va., and she owned and operated the Double R Ranch in Texas.

She was a member of the Junior League of Washington, the Washington Antique Show and the Washington Club, where she served on the board of directors. She also was a member of the Sulgrave Club, the Congressional Country Club, the Fauquier Springs Country Club, the Colonel James McCall chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rappahannock Hunt Club and the Texas State Society.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, William Wallace Anderson V of Bethesda.