Hilda Meynell Herbert, 76 an area resident for 61 years who was active as a hospital volunteer and in senior citizen work, died of a heart attack Friday at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale.

Born in Richmond, Va., Mrs. Herbert came here with her family in 1918. After graduating from business school, she worked for the Bureau of the Census until her marriage in 1921 to Charles W. Herbert, an engineer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, who died in 1958.

She worked as a volunteer at the Veterans' Administration hospital here for many years and was awarded the hospital's 1000-hour certificate for voluntarism.

Mrs. Herbert lived in Colmar Manor, Md., for 37 years and was serving as president of the senior citizens' association for Colmar Manor and Cottage City, Md. at the time of her death.

She was a past president of Auxiliary Unit 131 of the American Legion and past departmental chapeau of the 8/40 veterans' organization. She was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mount Rainier, Md.

Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Thomas, of Rockville, Dorothy of Columbia, and Barbara Ann Russo, of Camp Springs; a son, Charles J. Herbert, of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.