Kate Tabor, 85, a past president of the Georgetown Garden Club and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, both in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, died Nov. 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District.

She had congestive heart failure, said her son John K. Tabor Jr.

Kate Hill Williams was born in Baton Rouge and raised at her family’s home near Camden, S.C. She was a 1949 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.

She married John K. Tabor in 1952, and the couple spent much of the next two decades in Pittsburgh, where her husband was active in Republican Party politics. They settled in the Washington area in 1973 when President Richard M. Nixon named her husband undersecretary of commerce.

She was a past chairwoman of the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Galley of Art and an ex-officio member of the Corcoran board of trustees in the early 1980s. In the late 1980s, she worked part time for the clerk of the works at the Washington National Cathedral.

Her husband, a lawyer, died in 1999. Survivors include two sons, John K. Tabor Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H., and William H. Tabor of Alexandria; a brother; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein