Margaret Newsome Holeman, 69, a longtime resident of the Washington area resident who had worked for the National Geographic Magazine, the Navy Department, and a real estate firm, died of respiratory arrest March 14 at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. She had cancer.

Mrs. Holeman was born in Sacramento, Calif., and reared in Rapid City, S.D. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of South Dakota, she went to Chicago where she was a reporter for the old Chicago Daily News.

She came to Washington in the mid-1930s and was a receptionist for several years at the National Geographic. After returning to South Dakota for several years, Mrs. Holeman returned here and was a secretary with the Naval Photographic Center in the early 1950s.

From 1963 to 1966, she was a salesperson with the Routh Robbins real estate office in Hillcrest Heights. She lived in Marlow Heights.

She accompanied her husband, retired Air Force Lt. Col. William D. Holeman, to assignments in California and Japan. Mrs. Holeman had been active over the years in volunteer work for the American Cancer Society and the Air Force.

She attended the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Washington.

In addition to her husband, of Marlow Heights, Mrs. Coleman's survivors include a brother, Robert Irving Newsome of Louisville, Ky.