Edith V. King, 66, a retired employe of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing who was active in church and service organizations, died early yesteday in a fire at her home in Northeast Washington.
One of Mrs. King's many activities was the making of floral arrangements from plastic flowers, supplies of which she kept at her home at 4310 12th PL NE.
Battalion Fire Chief Richard Hubscher said death had been attributed to smoke inhalation and that fumes from the burning plastic flowers may have contributed to this.
Hubscher said the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.
Mrs. King was born in Washington and was a 1928 graduate of Dunbar High School. She also attended the older Miner Normal School, now part of D.C. University. She married Curley King Sr., a teacher in the D.C. public school system, and they brought up a family of seven children.
Mrs. King began her career with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1939. She was an examiner of finished currency and stamps and received several citations for her work. She retired in 1974.
She also was active in church work, the parent-teachers association, and choral groups.
A member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Washington for 47 years, she was a Sunday school teacher there and sang in the Senior Choir. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Refreshing Springs Church of God in Christ in Riverdale, where she belonged to the Joint Choir and headed the decorating committee.
She also was a member of the Cecilian Choristers, the D.C. chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, as well as of other singing groups.
She was a former first vice president of the D.C. Congress of Parents and Teachers Associations and was a life member of that organization. She also was a member of the D.C. Women's Political Caucus, the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women, as well as begin active in local civic organizations.
Mrs. King's husband died in 1970.
Survivors include four sons, Curley Jr., Larry F., and Arthur E., all of Washington, and Theodore A., of Seat Pleasant; three daughters, Cynthia K. Hall, of Plainfield, N.J., and Carol K. Oliver and Cammille K. Taylor, both of Washington; 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.