Obituary: Ouida Madge Reeves Penkacik
Ouida Madge Reeves Penkacik, 93, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 21, 2018, surrounded by her family at the Westminster Towers Health Center. She was born on June 19, 1924, in Ocoee, Florida.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, John Penkacik; her parents, Mason Clindon and Claudia Underwood Reeves of Ocoee, Florida; and brother, Dolphus Reeves, from San Diego, California.
Ouida grew up in Ocoee, Florida, and graduated from Ocoee High School in 1942. She attended nursing school at ORMC. Ouida fell in love with her U.S. Army guy from Buffalo, New York, who was stationed in Orlando and attended Radar School in Ocoee, where he discovered his small-town Southern sweetheart.
She married the love of her life on Aug. 29, 1944, at the First Baptist Church of Winter Garden. They built their home in Orlando.
John and Ouida were lifelong members of First Baptist Church in downtown Orlando and founding members of the Downtown Baptist Church. During their many years of service, they found many ways to support the ministries – helping to establish the old skating rink and family skate nights, teaching young people and maintaining the mail list and weekly mailing of the newsletter to the families of Downtown Baptist. Ouida also enjoyed planning and leading the senior adults’ activities and trips for many years.
Ouida, along with her husband, left quite a rich heritage of faith and family. The love and joy they found in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was second only to their love and devotion to their Father in Heaven.
During their last years, the pastor and members of Orlando Reformed Presbyterian Church have supported Ouida and John with encouragement, love and prayers. The family is thankful for this care. The family also is very grateful for the assisted-living and health-care staff at Westminster Towers in Orlando. The doctors, chaplain, leadership and caregivers of Cornerstone Hospice have provided a gentle transition through her final days.
Arrangements have been made through Collison-Carey Hand Funeral Home and interment at Ocoee Cemetery at a later time. A memorial service was held at Collison-Carey Hand on Plant Street in Winter Garden at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 27.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ouida's name to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.