Maria Shepherd, 64, dies after falling from motorhome
A MAROOCHYDORE mother, wife and entrepreneur has died in a tragic accident near Hines Hill on the Great Eastern Highway, in Western Australia.
Maria Assunta Shepherd, 64, was travelling eastbound with her husband, Allan Shepherd, about 240km from Perth, when it is believed she was killed after falling from their moving motor home, at about 2pm on Tuesday.
The West Australian reported it appeared Mrs Shepherd, who went by Assunta, may have been trying to secure a door which had come free in the motor home when the incident occurred.
A Western Australia police media spokeswoman confirmed they suspected Mrs Shepherd had suffered fatal injuries after falling from the motor home, being driven by her husband at the time
The pair, who had owned cafes in Mackay for 30 years before relocated from Mackay to Duporth Ave, Maroochydore, were owners and creators of OzPig, a family company based in Maroochydore which sold its namesake - an outdoor, steel cooker/heater.
It was believed the couple had been travelling around, showcasing their product at various home and outdoor expos around the country. having recently met a stockist at Kalgoorlie and attending the Goldfields Caravan and Camping Show according to one of their contacts.
Freerange Supplies owner Marisol Sweet, stockist of OzPig in Kalgoorlie, said the pair had been in town for the Goldfields show on August 30-31.
"It's a shame," Mrs Sweet said.
"Such genuine people, they loved their business.
"They had retired and then came up with the idea for the OzPig and it took off."
The family business had a recorded message, alerting people they were unavailable due to a sudden family emergency, when The Daily tried to contact them yesterday.
Coast residents passed their thoughts and wishes on to the grieving family, in the wake of Mrs Shepherd's sudden death, taking to Facebook to send their condolences.
"Such a sad loss! My heart goes to the family in such a hard time xo," Cassie Farrow posted.
"Very sad to hear this news," Lorraine Wagstaff wrote.
"So sad. R.I.P." Vicki Taylor said.
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