Anna Mary Felva Phillips, 74, a saleswoman at Woodward and Lothrop's Washington department store who was active in community affairs in Southeast Washington, died April 12 at D.C. General Hospital of Arteriosclerotic heart disease.

Before joining Woodward and Lothrop in the early 1960s, Mrs. Phillips helped her husband, Jack, operate several variety stores here. He died in 1961.

Mrs. Phillips worked in the garden shop at Woodward and Lothrop until her partial retirement several years ago. Since then she had worked on a part-time basis.

A native of New Milford, Conn., she lived in New York City before moving here in the mid-1930s.

She was a member and former president of the Southeast Women's Club and was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Greater Southeast Community Hospital. She also had been active in the Girl Scouts of America and in PTA groups.

In the early 1950s, Mrs. Phillips earned a high school diploma by attending night classes at Anacostia High School.

She lived in Washington and attended St. Teresa's Catholic Church here. She was active in the church's sodality and parish council and in the Cursillo movement of the Catholic church.

Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline, of Washington, and five brothers, Michael, Stanley, Joseph, William and Frank Felva, all of New Milford.