Dr. Elmar Stebbins Waring, 88, an area physician for 40 years who was a resident of Fort Pierce, Fla., died June 10 in a hospital in Nottingham, England, after a heart attack. He was vactioning when he was stricken.

Dr. Waring was born in Columbia, S.C., and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He earned his medical degree at Harvard University in 1918, then interned at Massachussetts General Hospital in Boston and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

He moved to Washington in 1925 to serve his residency at the old Gallinger Hospital. Two years later, he established a family medical practice in Fairfax where he stayed until retiring to Florida in the mid-1960s.

Dr. Waring was a member of the Vienna Presbyterian Church.

His first wife, the former Eva Louise Hanson, died in 1918. His second wife, the former Sadie Belle Lewis, died in March 1981.

Survivors include one son by his first marriage, Retired Navy Capt. Elmar S. Waring Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla.; six other children, George W., of New London, N.H., Clark W., of Lexington, Va., Sue W. McDonald of Alexandria, Anne W. Brown of Dallas, Patricia Clark Waring of Weston, Conn., and Peggy Holt Waring of Fort Pierce; 21 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.