Helen A. Weaver, 72, a former congressional aide, former administrative assistant with a military mission in Turkey and longtime resident of the Washington area, died of cancer Sunday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Weaver was born in Grafton, N.D., and graduated from North Dakota State College in Fargo. Until World War II, when she joined the Navy WAVES, she was the secretary of the school's alumni association. she came to Washington when the Navy ordered her to the Bureau of Yards and Docks.

After the war, she went to work on Capitol Hill. She resigned in 1951, when she married Leslie Weaver, an Air Force officer who is now a retired colonel. Mrs. Weaver accompanied her husband to Turkey, where he was assigned to the Joint Military Mission from 1951 to 1954. For two of those years, Mrs. Weaver was an administrative officer in the mission's operations section.

The Weavers later lived at military posts in the United States and settled here when Col. Weaver retired.

Mrs. Weaver was a member of the Army-Navy Country Club, where she played golf and was a member of the bowling group. She played in numerous golf tournaments in the Washington area and along the East Coast. She also was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband of Alexandria, survivors include two sisters, Jo McGauvran of Bismarck, N.D., and Volly Irwin of Green Bay, Wis.

The family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.