Annie E. Byrum, 98, a retired claims examiner with the old Post Office Department who had been an area resident since 1901, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the Collingswood nursing home in Rockville.

Mrs. Byrum was a native of Newport News, Va., where she attended the Newport News Seminary for Girls. After coming to Washington in 1901, she held a number of jobs including that of part-time teacher in the D.C. public schools.

She was a claims examiner with the Post Office for about 10 years before retiring in the mid-1950s. She also had been an assistant to the supervisor at St. Albans School for Boys and a salesperson at the old Palais Royal Department Store.

Mrs. Byrum was the widow of Emory L. Byrum Sr., who died in 1920. During World War II Mrs. Byrum was a Gold Star Mother with five sons serving overseas in the armed forces.

She had been a member of the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church in Washington for the past 75 years, and had served the church at different times as pianist and deaconess.

Mrs. Byrum lived in Washington until moving to Gaithersburg in 1966 to live with a daughter, Florence L. Cudmore.

In addition to her daughter of Gaithersburg, Mrs. Byrum is survived by another daughter, Emma L. Weaver of Cobb Island, Md.; four sons, Emory L. Jr. and Octavius, both of Washington, and William R. of Gaithersburg, and Peter, of Solana Beach, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Annie E. Byrum Memorial Fund at the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church in Washington.