Virginia Lloyd Hunt, 89, an artist, editor and former resident of Washington, died Thursday in Springfield, Ohio.

She was the widow of Edward Eyre Hunt, who had been director of the state Department's Office of Protective Services and had served for many years in the federal government in connection with war relief and unemployment.

After her husband's death in 1953, Mrs. Hunt moved to Springfield, where she restored her husband's ancestral home. It was designated as a historic home by the Ohio Historical Society.

Born in Bayonne, N.J., Mrs. Hunt was a graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College. She also studied at the Arts Students League in New York.

A painter and a goldsmith, she taught fine arts at the University of Virginia before first coming to Washington with her husband in 1921.

They had traveled widely in connection with his work and during the 1930s lived in Venezuela. After their return here, Mrs. Hunt wrote a handbook on how to live in the tropics, published in 1942.

She had served with the American Red Cross in both world wars. In the first, she was sent to France as an occupational therapist. In the second, she was an editor of some publications for the Red Cross here.

She is survived by a daughter, Virginia L. Wedgewood, of Seattle, Wash.; a son, Edward E. Hunt Jr., of State College, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Richard Connell, of New York City, and Janet Wing, of Laguna Beach, Calif., and seven grandchildren.