Carol Z. Steere, 74, a former registered nurse who retired from the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration, died of cancer Aug. 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Vienna for 42 years and had been active in volunteer activities.

She was born in New York and raised in White Plains, N.Y. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Syracuse University in 1953 and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society. She completed a master's degree in health services administration from George Washington University in 1983.

After graduating from Syracuse, Mrs. Steere worked as a registered nurse while her husband finished his engineering degree. In 1958, the family moved to Northern Virginia, where she was a homemaker and volunteer.

In the early 1980s, she worked briefly as an assistant director at a nursing home in Rockville. She spent nine years processing property tax returns for Fairfax County before retiring in 1997.

Mrs. Steere volunteered in her community and held several leadership roles. She served for more than 40 years with the League of Women Voters and was a charter member of the Voluntary Action Center. She also served with the United Way, the Fairfax County Community Action Agency and Visiting Nurses Association.

She was integral in establishing the Sutton Road Civic Association and was a member of the Association of American University Women.

Mrs. Steere enjoyed hosting meetings, events and parties for the organizations to which she belonged, and she designed her home for that purpose.

She was active in the Parents Without Partners organization and served as a commandant of the Parents Without Partners Sail Club.

Her husband, Norman E. Steere, died in 1978.

Survivors include five children, Kenneth Steere of Madison, Miss., Kathryn Campbell of Vienna, James Steere of Manassas, Nancy McIntyre of Chesapeake, Va., and Edward Steere of Bel Air, Md.; and nine grandchildren.