Pamela Lackner Edie, 34, whose body was discovered by her two children Friday in her Capitol Hill home, was a noted cook and the host of the "Beggar's Banquet" program on radio station WAMU-FM.
The program was devoted to the preparation of food and used a format in which listeners would telephone questions. There also were interviews and information and directions on gourmet food. Mrs. Edie had conducted the program since November 1978.
She was born in Washington and grew up in Hawaii and Lake Forest, Ill., where her father, the late Adm. Peter Lackner, commanded the Great Lakes Naval Base. She attended the University of Oklahoma and then took a degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois in 1966 and 1967, she taught at a high school in Illinois.
In 1967, she married Donald Keare and lived in Chicago. The marriage ended in divorce.
Mrs. Edie moved to Washington in 1972 and became a consultant to the Gaslight Restaurants here. She continued that work until her marriage on May 18, 1974, to John A. Edie.
In 1975, the Edies moved to Sacramento, where John Edie was deputy director of the California Department of Aging. They returned to Washington in the spring of 1978.
Mrs. Edie's death apparently was caused by stab wounds, according to D.C. homicide detectives. They said her body also showed signs that she had been choked and beaten with a blunt instrument. The case still was under investigation Sunday night.
In addition to her husband and two children by her first marriage, Brian and Bradley, all of the home in Washington, survivors include a grandmother, Mrs. Valentine Gits, also of Washington.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Camp Warren, a YMCA boys camp in Minnesota, c/o Millman Broder & Curtis, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 908, Washington, D.C., 10036.