Eva B. Rothrock, 82, a retired employe of the Woodward & Lothrop department store who was active in the Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, died Tuesday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital following a stroke.

Mrs. Rothrock was born in Redeye, Iowa, and grew up there and in Monticello, Ind. She earned a teaching certificate at the University of Wisconsin and taught in rural public schools in the Monticello area in the early 1920s.

In 1945, she and her husband, John A. Rothrock, a lawyer, moved to Arlington. Mr. Rothrock became a lawyer at the Veterans Administration. He died in 1976.

Mrs. Rothrock went to work at the downtown store of Woodward & Lothrop about 1950 and was a floor walker in the nursery department. She later worked in the firm's store at Seven Corners. She retired in the mid-1960s.

At the Clarendon United Methodist Church, Mrs. Rothrock was the president of several women's groups. She also helped with the annual Christmas pageants and took part in other activities at the church.

She lived in Arlington until last year, when she moved to The Hermitage, a Methodist home in Alexandria. She continued in church work there.

Survivors include three sons, John A. Jr., a retired judge of the Fairfax General District Court, of Amissville, Va., Thomas J., a present judge of the Fairfax General District Court, of Fairfax Station, and O. J. Rothrock, a professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, of Albuquerque; two brothers, Orville and John Vernon Friend, both of Chicago; a sister, Marjorie Novak of Hammond, Ind.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Clarendon United Methodist Church, Arlington, Va. o