Martha M. Borgeson, 76, of Troy, N.Y., and Bayside, died Nov. 27, 2010, from complications of lung cancer.

Martha was born in Massachusetts April 20, 1934.

Affectionately known as Mima, she is survived by a daughter, Dawn Beaver of Darien, Conn.; two stepdaughters, Pamela Montgomery of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Kim Brosche of Nashville, Tenn.; four brothers, William, Robert, John and Jeffrey Magee; and a sister, Melinda Rooney; two grandchildren, Jackson and Nicholas Beaver; and two step-grandchildren, Sasha and Kyra Montgomery.

Martha held a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fordham University and a master’s of public administration from New York University. She had a distinguished career in public service, serving as executive deputy appointments officer under Gov. Mario Cuomo, then as director of regional services at the Department of State of New York and later as assistant commissioner of agriculture for the state of New York.

She was an active volunteer in several national, state and local political campaigns, as well as being involved in local community activities in Bayside.

Passionate about politics, travel and jazz, Martha was known for her boundless enthusiasm, insatiable curiosity, indomitable spirit and her warm and caring disposition. She truly lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration to all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 573 Washington St., Newton, Mass. A second memorial service will be scheduled for the summer of 2011 in Bayside.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at