Edgenoria Herron, 69, a retired Washington beautician who since 1970 'had cared for more than 200 area children as a foster parent, died Saturday at Providence Hospital. She had cancer.

Mrs. Herron was a native of South Carolina and came to Washington in 1933. She was a beautician for 34 years, first at the Hollow Wood and then the Noblie Artistic beauty salons, before retiring i970.

Later that year she joined the Jennings Progressive Foster Home Association, a project administered through the D.C. Department of Human Resources. For the next 10 years she cared for more than 200 children -- children who had been abused or neglected, or who just needed help. c

At the time of her death she was caring for four children, aged six to nine. Asked once why she did not give up her work as her illness advanced, she said, "The children keep me going."

Mr. Herron was a member of the Tenth Street Baptist Church in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Furman Herron and two daugthers, Lorena M. Satterfield and Bessie B. Crosson, all of Washington; two sisters, Celeste Harris of Jersey City, N.J., and Maude Taylor of Seat Pleasant; three brothers, Houston, Homer, and Fonzel Neely, all of New Jersey; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.