Holly Matney Sexton, 72, a former employe of the Democratic National Committee and the Army and Navy Club in Washington, died of emphysema Friday at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

A Washington area resident since 1945, Mrs. Sexton worked for the Democratic National Committee here from 1948 until 1952. She then became a hostess at the Army and Navy Club, from which she retired in 1962.

Mrs. Sexton was born in Pikesville, Ky., and was active in the Kentucky Society of Washington and the Kentucky Historical Society. She also was active in the Mary Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Wesley United Methodist Church in Washington.

She was the widow of William H. Sexton, an accountant, who died in 1967.

Mrs. Sexton lived in Washington before moving to Takoma Park about two years ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary Drake of Rockville and Anna Rai Kulda of Adelphi; a son, William R., of Centreville, Va.; two brothers, Robert T. Matney of Marco Island, Fla., and William H. Matney of Vista, Calif.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, Wesley United Methodist Church or to a charity of one's choice.