Patricia A. Severy, 53, an area businesswoman who was active in fund raising for the Folger Shakespear Library and was a soloist in area churches, died of a heart ailment Sunday at her Bethesda home.

Mrs. Severy moved here in 1954. She helped found and worked as manager of Tall Fashions, a Washington clothing establishment specializingin dresses for tall women.

During the early 1960s, she owned property in the Mount Pleasant area of Washington and headed a renovation committe organized to remodel and refurbish older homes in the area.

She appeared as a soprano soloist in a number of area churches, including the River Road Unitarian Church and St. Andrew's Methodist Church, both in Bethesda, and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean.

Mrs. Severy did volunteer work during the 1070s at the Folger Library. She served on a number of fund raising committes, assisted in the library's theatrical productions, and gave gallery tours.

At the time of her death she was rehearsing in the cast of an Encore Dinner Theater production of "The Sound of Music."

Mrs. Severy was born in San Bernadino, Calif. She sang with the Riverside Civic Opera before serving with the Red Crossand then the WAVEs during World War II.

Before moving here, she lived in New York City where she studied at the Juilliard School and graduated from the Conover School of Fashion and Modelling. She also worked for a time as a model and buyer for Bloomingdale's in New York.

Mrs. Severy earned a bachelor's degree at America University.

She was a member and served on the music committee of the River Road Unitarian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Merle Severy: a son, Randall, and three daughters, Karen, Melissa, and Leslie, all of the home; a sister, Marjorie Reinke, of Coral Springs, Fla., and a brother, O. Burnett Amar, of Newberry Park, Calif.

The family suggests that expression of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Patricia Severy Music Fund at the River Road Unitarian Church.