Grace Sellers Owen, 92, a former resident of Washington and Lanham who was active in service and women's organizations, died of respiratory failure Saturday at a nursing home in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mrs. Owen, who was born in Pierceton, Ind., grew up in Ohio and Washington. She graduated from old Central High School here. She married Charles E. Owen, and auditor in the old Bureau of Internal Revenue and then the Internal Revenue Service, and the couple settled in Lanham. Mrs. Owen lived there until 1973, when she moved to St. Petersburg to live with a daughter, Betty Eiring.

In her years in Lanham, Mr. Owen was a leader in 4-H Club activities and at one time was a substitute teacher in the Lanham school. She was a volunteer home nurse with the American Red Cross and a delegate to the Red Cross's national convention in Washington in 1941.

Mrs. Owen also was a founder, past-president and honorary life member of the Study Club of Lanham, which is affiliated with the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Lanham Community Club. She received a special award from the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs for over 50 years of service.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and the Cheverly Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Owen's husband died in 1970. In addition to Mrs. Eiring, survivors include another daughter, Dorothy Ferguson of Lanham, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Association of Southern Maryland, 6216 Baltimore Ave., Riverdale, Md., 20840.