Ella Falconer Kirks, 92, a former teacher who was active in church and service groups and a resident of Washington since the 1940s, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Kirks was born in Dinwiddie County, Va., and first came to Washington as a girl. After graduating from the old Washington Normal School in 1909, she taught in the public elementary schools here until her marriage in 1913 to Allie M. Kirks, who was associated with the insurance business.

They lived in Dinwiddie County after their marriage and Mrs. Kirks also taught school there. Later, they lived in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.After her husband's death in Albuquerque in 1942, Mrs. Kirks returned to Washington and had lived here since then.

She had been active in church work in the Eckington Presbyterian Church and was a member of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. She also was a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She had served on the board of the Presbyterian Home here.

Her son, Rowland F. Kirks, director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, died in 1977.

She is survived by two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Presbyterian Home.