Mariette Bowles Hurd, 63, a former teacher who lived in Northern Virginia and was active in historical groups, died Monday at the Woodbine Nursing Home in Alexandria after an apparent heart attack.

Mrs. Hurd was born in Franconia, N.H.She earned a bachelor's degree at Middlebury College and a master's degree at the University of New Hampshire.

She taught for a number of years at severla New England colleges before moving here in 1947. She then taught elementary school in Arlington until 1950.

Mrs. Hurd served on the boards of the Old Town Civic Association, the Alexandria Association, and the Alexandira Historical Society.

She was a member of the National League of American Pen Women and had served two terms as president of its Alexandria branch and a term as Virginia state president.

She also belonged to the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and the Elisha Dick chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her husband, William B., of the home in Alexandria; a son, William B. Jr., of Alexandria; and a brother, Raimond Bowles, of Portamouth, N.H.

The family suggests that expressions of smypathy be in the form of contribution to the Northern Virginia chapter of the American Heart Association.