Garphenia Eaves Dickson, 36, a Washington resident for the past 15 years who was active in labor organizations died Monday at the Washington Hospital Center. She had Hodgkin's disease.

Mrs. Dickson was a member of the executive board of Local No. 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International. She also was a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and had done volunteer work with the Greater Washington Centeral Labor Council.

She had been a meat cutter with the Washington Beef Company for the past 12 years and was a union shop steward there. She was a member of the executive board of the old Meat Cutters Local 593, which has been part of the Food and Commercial Workers since earlier this year.

Mrs. Dickson was a native of Christianburg, Va. and a graduate of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies.

Her marriage to Malcolm Robinson ended in divorce.

Mrs. Dickson's survivors include her husband, Clarence, and three sons, Malcolm Robinson, Jeffery and Donell Dickson, all of Washington; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenwood Eaves of Roanoke; two brothers, Robert A. pEaves of Tampa, Fla., and John E. Eaves of Massillon, Ohio, and a grandfather, Everett McDaniel of Christianburg.