Karachi Darul Sukoon Incharge Sister Ruth Lewis has died of COVID-19 late Monday night at Agha khan hospital. She was 77.
She had contracted coronavirus on July 8 and was admitted to hospital on July 9. Sindh government representative Senator Murtaza Wahab has confirmed the news of her death.
Sister Ruth Lewis who had been running Dar ul Sukoon for many years has unfortunately passed away due to #COVID19. Her selfless contributions to our society will always be remembered & cherished #RIPSisterRuth
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) July 21, 2020
Her last rites were performed on Wednesday at 2 pm. She has been working at Darul Sukoon since it was established by Sister Gertrude Lemmens in 1969.
She will be missed because of her love and care she gave to others. Sister Lewis dedicated her entire life to helping abandoned children with disabilities.
Darul Sukoon Facebook page paid tribute to Sister Lewis. The organization wrote: “All our Children Nuns and Staff are heartbroken, as we have lost a huge part of us.
Please pray for the children to whom she has been a mother, for the nuns for whom she was a sister and a true inspiration, and for all the Staff who love her.”
In another post, the organization wrote: “She was the icon of true love and compassion.”
Sister Lewis was the successor of Sr. Gertrude Lemmons. She had joined Darul Sukoon on 17 February 1969 when she came along with Sr. Gertrude Lemmens and Sr. Margaret D’Costa as one of the first to join the staff of Darul Sukun.
Darul Sukoon is the home for around 150 mentally and physically disabled people, mostly children and teenagers. She had also received the Pride of Karachi Award for her contribution.