Jean Wolsted Tolbert, 58, a director of Hospice Care of D.C. who also had been active in women's groups, died of cancer Nov. 28 at the Washington Home Hospice.

Mrs. Tolbert, a resident of Chevy Chase for the past 20 years, was born in Kodaikanal, India, where her parents were missionaries. She came to this country in 1937, settled in Iowa and graduated from Grinnell College.

For 10 years before moving here, she accompanied her husband to U.S. Foreign Service and United Nations posts in India, Thailand and Indonesia.

Mrs. Tolbert earned a master's degree in women's studies at George Washington University. She was active in the Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association, Washington Opportunities for Women (WOW) and the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL).

In addition to serving on the board of Hospice Care of D.C., she helped organize the Hospice Council, which is made up of representatives of hospices in the greater Washington area.

Survivors include her husband, Stokes Tolbert of Chevy Chase; three daughters, Leslie, of Bethesda, Kimberley, of Greenbelt, and Paige, of Durham, N.C.; a son, Stephen, of Greenbelt; a brother, Howard Wolsted of Danville, Ill., and a granddaughter.