Barbara Ramseyer Walton, 82, whose plays were performed at Arena Stage and by community groups, died of pancreatic cancer March 18 in the nursing care center of Maplewood Park Place residences in Bethesda.

Her work included "The Sing Ling Circus," produced at Arena in 1962, "Halloween Time," put on by the Bethesda Chancel Players in 1959, and "The Red Hat," performed by the St. John's Players in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Walton was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, and raised in Washington, where her father, Rep. William C. Ramseyer (R-Iowa), served in Congress from 1915 to 1933. She was a graduate of Western High School, attended Smith College and received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

She was a junior economist with the federal government during World War II.

Mrs. Walton was president of the Little Theatre of Alexandria in 1948 and directed productions of the Montgomery Players in the early 1950s. She served on the board of Arena Stage from 1957 to 1965 and was secretary of the Arena Stage corporation.

In the late 1960s, she participated in the Playwrights Unit associated with Actors Studio in New York. She was a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase and Kappa Kappa Gamma social organization.

A daughter, Valerie Walton, died in 1968.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Frederick Henry Walton of Bethesda; two sons, Timothy Ferris Walton of Rockville and Frederick Ramseyer Walton of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Jane Cameron of Birmingham, Mich.; and two grandchildren.