Beulah B. Friess, 90, who was active in her church, the March of Dimes, the Arlington Democratic Party and other groups, died Aug. 19 at the Sleepy Hollow nursing home in Annandale following a stroke.

Mrs. Friess was born in Washington and graduated from Central High here. In 1910, she married William Friess, an employe of the U.S. Patent Office, and they moved to the Clarendon section of Arlington.

She was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington and of its Clarendon Circle, a women's group. She also sang in the choir. During World War II, she helped found the church's Red Cross unit.

For 11 years Mrs. Friess served as treasurer of the Arlington Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

After her husband's death in 1946, Mrs. Friess served as a substitute teacher in Arlington public schools for about three years. She then worked in the office of the commissioner of revenue for Arlington until her retirement in 1959.

Mrs. Friess was a founding member of the Arlington Women's Democratic Club and served on the county Democratic executive committee for several years after World War II. She also was active in Organized Women Voters of Arlington and was a member of the Arlington Business and Professional Women's Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise F. Hale, of Arlington, and one grandson.