Nelly C. Stone, 58, a French-born writer and free-lance journalist who published a book in France about her life as the wife of a U.S. Army officer, died of internal hemorrhaging Thursday at her home in Arlington.

She and her husband, retired Lt. Col. John E. Stone, an Army lawyer, had lived in Arlington since 1959, when he was assigned to the Pentagon.

A native of Forcalquiret, Var, France, Mrs. Stone attended private schools in Cannes, where she lived with her family until the end of World War II.

Shortly after the war, she met her husband, then a lieutenant serving with the Army in France. They were married in 1947.

Mrs. Stone had accompanied her husband to posts in Germany, Kansas, and Alaska. During her various travels, she was active in programs for military wives. She taught French, contributed recipes to wives club cookbooks and served as an adviser on French culture.

In 1954, while at Fort Riley, Kan., she wrote a novel based on her meeting, courtship and marriage to Lt. Col. Stone. A few years later, she began a career as a free-lance journalist, reporting on U.S. events for French regional newspapers.

After moving to this area, she worked regularly as a correspondent for a French news agency and for Canadian radio.

Mrs. Stone was a member of the Washington Press Club, the Foreign Correspondents Association and Alliance Francaise.

She is survived by her husband, of Arlington.