Mary-Anne Lansburgh, 85, a longtime leader in community groups and politics, died July 3 of brain cancer at the home of her son in Mason Neck, Va. She lived in the District.

Mrs. Lansburgh, who lived in the Washington area for more than 60 years, was president of the board at the Westchester Apartments in the District, where she had lived since 1979. The board oversaw the architectural restoration of the building and beautification of the grounds.

She was active in politics throughout her life and was president of the Woman's National Democratic Club of Washington. She traveled widely, regularly attended performing arts events and had attended Washington Redskins games since the 1940s. She traveled the United States to hear opera performances.

Mrs. Lansburgh was born in Northfield, Minn., and grew up in Wisconsin, where her father, Howard "Cub" Buck, played tackle for the Green Bay Packers in the early days of the National Football League. Mrs. Lansburgh was a skilled athlete herself, particularly at golf.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She sold soap products to department stores in the early 1940s and moved to Washington in 1942. She married James Lansburgh II, an executive with the former Lansburgh department stores of Washington, in 1943. The family sold the company in 1960.

Her husband died in 1987.

Survivors include two children, James Lansburgh III of Mason Neck and Suzanne L. Cokenias of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.