Marie Hicks Parkerson, 55, a teacher in the elementary grades of the D.C. public school system since 1949 and a lofelone resident of Washington, died of cancer Tuesday at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mrs. Parkerson graduated from Cardozo High School and the old Miner Teachers college. Later in her career, she earned a master's degree from New York University and also took graduate courses at the old D.C. Teachers College and at Trinity College, among other institutions.

In 1948, she taught for a year in the Baltimore public schools. She began her career in Washington the following year. From 1949 to 1971, she taught at Burville Elementary, where she herself had been a student when a child. From 1971 until her death, she taught at Ketcham Elementary. She was a member of the National Education Association.

Mrs. Parkerson was a member of the parish of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was a teacher in its Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. She also was a member of the Cusillo Movement of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and a member of St. Joseph's Ladies Auxilary No. 213 of the Knight's of St. John at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, in whose parish she grew up.

Survivors iclude her husband, William L. Parkerson, a daughter, Michelle D. Parkerson, her mother, Thelma S. Hicks. all of Washington, five brothers, and four sisters.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, or to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, both in Washington.