Patricia Ann Melarkey Sykes, 87, passed away peacefully with her family at her side in Southern California on January 24, 2019. A proud graduate of the class of 1949, she often spoke of her time at Punahou as a cherished time in her life. Known as Patsy to her classmates, she was an enthusiastic, spirited song leader, a variety show chairman and participated in plays and the rally committee. After graduating from Punahou, she continued her passion for the theatre in summer stock in various locations around the east coast on the mainland. She was invited by the legendary Cecil B . DeMille to audition in Hollywood, California for potential roles. While attending Centenary College in New Jersey, she was intrigued by the opportunity to travel the world and joined Pan American Airlines as a stewardess. Based in San Francisco, California, she loved her job and her passengers, frequently traveling to beautiful places around the world.
On December 4, 1955 Patricia married Robert Eugene Sykes in Campbell, California.The couple raised four children, Robert, Cheryl, William (deceased) and Karen. She loved and enjoyed her four grandchildren, Nicholas, Anthony, Brianna and Sabrina. Her brother Daniel, a 1944 Punahou graduate (deceased), had 2 children, Daniel and Diane. Robert and Patricia lived in the San Francisco Bay area until 2010, when they relocated to Southern California. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Patricia volunteered for a chapter of Catholic Charities and Children’s Home Society, where she served as President for both organizations. She was a devoted Catholic and possessed a generous spirit. Patricia and Robert spent many fun filled summers at Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Aptos, California, enjoying their family, the brilliant sunshine and the spectacular views of the area. “Her life set an example of a giving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and parishioner. Those lucky enough to have known her will miss her deeply and often.” A celebration of her life will be held on February 6, 2019 in Santa Clara at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery at 2:00 pm