Elizabeth R. (Trudie) Henson, 70, a lifelong area resident who had worked in drug stores, and restaurants, as well as sold plots at Fort Lincoln Cemetery and wrapped gifts at Hecht's department store, died of bacterial hepititis April 11 at Arlington Hospital.

She had lived in Mechanicsville, Md., since 1980 and was a native of Takoma Park. During the 1940s, Mrs. Henson was a hostess at the Neptune House and worked at the Atlantic Lunch in Washington. Her other jobs included stints selling plots at Fort Lincoln in the 1960s, working for Dart Drug in the early 1970s, and wrapping gifts at Hecht's Landover store from the mid-1970s until about 1980.

Mrs. Henson had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of America.

Her marriage to John A. Stone ended in divorce. Her second husband, Marcus McKinley Henson, died in October 1981.

Mrs. Henson's survivors include five children by her first marriage, a son, Jon A. Stone, an Air Force chief master sergeant stationed in Rome, N.Y., and four daughters, Betty Saye of Orlando, Fla., Joan Gropper of Mechanicsville, Md., Phyllis Jenkins of Morningside, Md., and Virginia Wald of Camp Springs; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.