Genevieve Rose Spalding Elder, one who helped in the publishing and editing of the Emmitsburg (Md.) Chronicle, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Holy Cross Hospital.

In ill health for the past three years, she had made her home with a daughter, Dora Paidakovich, in Silver Spring.

Born in Littlestown, Pa., Mrs. Elder was descended from early settlers of western Maryland. She moved to Emmitsburg as a young girl.

She assisted her husband, the late John DuBois Elder, publisher and editor of the Emmitsburg Chronicle, an old and influential newspaper in western Maryland, until his death in 1943.

Mrs. Elder then called upon a son, the late Charles Arthur Elder, who was working for a newspaper in Pittsburgh, to take over the Chronicle.

She continued to assist himm in its publication until his death 15 years later, when she sold the newspaper.

Mrs. Elder was a life member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Emmitsburg.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by four other children, Genevieve R. Smith, of Timonium; J. Earl Elder, of Pittsburgh; Lawrence J. Elder, of McKeesport, Pa., and Yvonne Wiegand, of Silver Spring; 22 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Baltimore League for Crippled Children and Adults.