Ruth Priest Dixon, 82, a former president of the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area, died Aug. 8 at the Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, where she lived. She had cancer.

Mrs. Dixon, a Democrat and former Washington resident, was a former chairwoman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F, in Ward 3's North Cleveland Park/Forest Hills area.

In the mid-1980s, she published the District Council Journal, a monthly newsletter of D.C. Council legislative activities, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the council in 1982 and 1986.

She was a native of Fort Worth and a 1942 graduate of Texas Christian University. She received a master's degree in political science from George Washington University in 1962, shortly after settling in the Washington area.

Earlier, she traveled around the world with her husbands -- the first was an engineer, the second, a Foreign Service official -- and wrote historical books.

She did volunteer work for the National Archives and compiled a three-volume index of 50,000 early merchant seamen records. She also wrote a history of her family.

She was a former member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, a lay member of a panel on professional responsibility of the D.C. Bar and a moderator in small claims court.

She moved to Collington in 1991, where she was president of the residents' association and of the Collington board.

At her death, she was a member of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Her first husband, Robert W. Strong, died in 1958.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Roger C. Dixon of Mitchellville; two sons from her first marriage, Michael A. Strong of Kenya and Peter T. Strong of Hartford, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

Ruth P. Dixon was former president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters and chaired an advisory neighborhood commission.