Parthena Jones Malott, 82, a retired accounting employe of the Interior Department and a Washington area resident for 44 years, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Arlington Hospital.

From 1938 to 1949, Mrs. Malott worked for the Treasury Department. She joined Interior in 1950 and was employed in payroll work before retiring in 1960.

A native of Indiana, she moved here from Indianapolis in 1938 with her first husband, Otis T. Jones, whom she married in 1919 and who was an educator. He died in 1971.

In 1974, she married Dr. John O. Malott. The couple lived in Arlington before moving to Asbury Village in Gaithersburg in 1979.

Mrs. Malott was an officer of the Major L'Enfant Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington. She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Arlington and a former member of the Woman's Club of Arlington.

Besides her husband, survivors include two sons, Donald R. Jones of Arlington, and Carl T. Jones of Temple Hills; two sisters and a brother, Laura Goodrid, Laverne Foster and Glenn Yarbrough, all of Washington, Ind., five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Hospice of Northern Virginia Inc. in Arlington.