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Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, has expressed sadness at the passing of philanthropist and social change advocate Mrs Ruby Martin, CD.

‘A determined spirit has been silenced”, said the Prime Minister, noting that Mrs Martin was “a woman with a big service heart who had dedicated the majority of her engaging national life to bringing about meaningful change in the care facilities of the children at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, the preservation of our national treasure, the Ward Theatre, and other causes.”

“Passionate and dedicated to service, Mrs Martin was fully consumed with helping others, and her passing brings to an end decades of focused and inspiring leadership of these and the many other social and charitable causes to which she devoted her life. She will be missed,” the Prime Minister said.

Recipient of the Order of Distinction – Commander Class in 2010, and a Justice of the Peace, Mrs Martin, 75, died late Saturday night after battling cancer for several years.

The Prime Minister has expressed condolences on behalf of the government to her children – Abid and Safia, and other family members.