Sara Sherwood Crafts, 69, a resident of the Washington area since 1944 who was active in church and service groups, died Monday at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home. She had cancer.

Mrs. Crafts was born in Oak Park, Ill., and grew up there and in River Forest, Ill. She attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

In 1933, she married Edward C. Crafts, an official of the U.S. Forest Service who was director of the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation in the Department of the Interior at the time of his retirement. The couple lived in Illinois, Michigan, Arizona and California before Mr. Crafts was transferred to Washington in 1944. The couple settled in Chevy Chase and lived there until 1966, when they moved to Rockville.

Mrs. Crafts was a member of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church for more than 30 years, a Red Cross volunteer at the Bethesda Naval Hospital for more than 25 years, and a volunteer for the Florence Crittenton Home in Washington.

Her husband died last year.

Survivors include one daughter, Julia Kaminski of Fairfax, one son, Frederick Crafts of Herndon, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross. c