Bernice Myers, 62, who had worked in the Civil rights and medical fields and had been a law firm editor, died of cancer Saturday at the Washington Home Hospice.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and came to the Washington area as a young woman.

She worked as an editoral clerk in the civil rights division of the Justice Department. Later Mrs. Myers was executive assistant in the Washington branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. She then was secretary to the cheif of the epidemiology branch of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness.

Her last position before she retired about five years ago was with the Washington law firm of Steptoe and Johnson.

Mrs. Myers had been active in Takoma Park politics. She was a member of the Community Improvement Board there.

She is survived by her husband, Harold, of the home in Takoma Park; a daughter, Carol Logan of Green Bay, Wis,; three sisters, Ruth Kudish of Chicago, Ethel Delston of New York, and Florence Steinberg of Silver Spring, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions in her name to the Juvenile Diabets Foundation in New York City.