The woman who died in a shocking hit-and-run Thursday is being described as a kind grandmother who loved her garden, her dogs and her family.
Marlene Eusanio, 61, was identified by her son, Trevor MacKenzie, as the victim who died last Thursday after being struck by a stolen truck on Marion Street in Winnipeg. She died a week short of her 62nd birthday.
MacKenzie asked for privacy for his family while they grieve, but provided an obituary that will run in publications on Wednesday.
Eusanio was born in Washington, D.C., in 1955 and called Cape Town, South Africa home as a child before moving to Montreal. Her family also spent time in Kelowna, B.C., before she moved to Winnipeg. She had two sons, Jason and Trevor, and four grandchildren.
"A soul mate and partner in crime in husband Jean-Louis, married for 18 years full of laughter and tears, adventures and memories. Jean-Louis' unwavering love and support of Marlene's dreams demonstrates the depth of their commitment to one another," the obituary reads.
Eusanio worked in retail sales, including at Claire's Accessories and at Sears in Kelowna.
The family will be having a private celebration of her life, and have asked for donations to a local women's shelter in lieu of flowers.
Pleas for information
Winnipeg police made a plea for information Tuesday, asking drivers who may have dash cam footage related to the hit-and-run to come forward. Const. Jay Murray said they have not arrested any suspects and are hoping for a description of the driver.
Eusanio died after a truck towing a trailer hit her while she was getting into her vehicle. Police said the stolen truck and trailer had been spotted in other areas of the city before the collision, and were hopeful someone may have captured footage of the truck while it was being driven.