Inez D. Seward, 68, a licensed practical nurse in this area for 44 years who was active as a community and church volunteer, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Washington.

From 1933 to 1948, Mrs. Seward was a private duty nurse.In the early 1950s, she joined the staff of the old Gallinger Hospital, now D.C. General. She received a commendation when she retired in 1977.

In 1973, she received an award from the Washington Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund for her "unselfish service and outstanding leadership on behalf of greater educational opportunities for youth in the community."

Mrs. Seward was a member of the Northeastern Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deaconess and as a member of the Senior Usher's Board, the Ladies Auxiliary Club and the Minister's Adventure Circle.

She was born in Due West, S.C., and graduated from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, N.C.

Her husband, Mont Seward, died about 10 years ago. An earlier marriage to Willis Stevenson ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter by her first marriage, Delores S. Bundy of Oxon Hill, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.