Edna Hillyard Howard, 94, a life-long resident of the Washington area who was active in cultural and church groups, died Sunday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after a stroke.

She had been a resident of Chevy Chase since 1925.

Mrs. Howard was born in Washington and had lived in Chevy Chase since 1925. She was active for many years in choral and dramatic groups at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington. She was a soprano soloist, a member of the St. Patrick's Players and a participant in operatic productions at the church.

She also sang with the U.S. Marine Band and on the "Post Radio Hour" on radio station WCAP in Washington.

Mrs. Howard had been a parishioner of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington for the past 56 years.

Her husband of 61 years, William J. (Buck) Howard, died in 1978. He was one of the first Ford automobile dealers in the Washington area.

Mrs. Howard's survivors include two daughters, Mary Edna Romeo of Washington, and Carol H. Valentine of Upper Montclair, N.J.; a son, William J. Howard Jr. of Rockville; a brother, Harry J. Hillyard of Silver Spring; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.