Martha Sykes, 86, of Troy, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014, after a lengthy illness. She was born Martha Mae Sweeney on December 1, 1927, in Saratoga to the late Clayton Sweeney and Laura Sweeney. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Gloversville and was a graduate of Gloversville High School. Martha received her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and her master's degree from Union College. Upon graduation from Syracuse University, Martha married Leo Sykes of Schenectady.