Nellie Ann Whitley Hicks, 56, active in school and civic affairs here, died of cancer last Thursday at her home in Northeast Washington.

She had worked as a community aide at Langley Junior High School for more than eight years until June, 1975.

Mrs. Hicks also had helped oragnize the Mothers Club at Langley school and been active in the Parent Teachers Association at Emery Elementary School.

She was associated with the Center City Community Corp., was a block captain of the Edgewood Civic Association and had been active in Democratic politics.

Born in Zebulon, N.C., Mrs. Hicks came here in 1944. She was active member of Mount Bethel Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Roy, of the home; two daughters, Lumarzell Clara Blake, of Suitland, and Joyce Dina Treece, of Oxon Hill; two sons, Leory and Joseph Branley, and a nephew whom she reared, Paul Pitts, all of Washington; four brothers, James Otho Whitley, of Norfolk, Bishop Calvin W. Whitely, of Philadelphia, and Otis and Rufus Whitely, both of Raleigh, N.C.; six sisters, Christanne Deware, of Philadelphia, Daisy Peguese, of Raleigh, and Josephine Horton, Arsine Hollis, Radia Mae Pitts and Ozell Miles Ross, all of Washington, and six grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.