Elizabeth F. Messer, 65, a retired employe of the U.S. Civil Service Commission who was a 1964 recipient of the Federal Woman's Award, died of arteriosclerotic heart disease Sunday in her home in Oakton.

Mrs. Messer came to Washington in 1934 to work for a congressman from Mississipi and joined the Civil Service Commission as a junior stenographer later that year.

She worked for the U.S. Public Health Service from 1948 to 1954 and then returned to the CSC. She became an offical in its career development section. In 1959, she was appointed an employe development officer on a task force that implemented the new Federal Employees Health Benefits Act.

From the mid-1960s until retiring in 1971, she was special assistant to the deputy director of the CSC's bureau of retirement and insurance.

She was one of six women, chosen from about 100 nominees, to receive the Federal Woman's Award in 1974. The award program was started in the early 1960s to honor outstanding women in federal service.

Mrs. Messer was born in Arkansas and reared in Mississippi. She attended George Washington University.

Survivors include her husband, Dana G. Messer of Oakton; a son, Dana G. Jr., of Dallas; a daughter, Catherine Penney of Falls Church; a sister, Katie Ruth Bush of Tupelo, Miss.; a brother, Pemble Field of Germantown, Tenn., and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a church or charity of one's choice.