Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home and C’est la Vie Independent Living Center located in Opelousas, Louisiana, are ministries of the Marianites of Holy Cross. Both are nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing the highest quality of residential care, long-term health care, and short-term rehabilitation services for seniors of all faiths. Our goal is to enrich and enhance the lives of our residents by creating an environment of love and joy in a place called “home.”
In memory of Allen “Bubba” Muir Penick, Jr.
March 16, 1956 – December 12, 2020
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share with you the death of Allen “Bubba” Penick, Jr. Our dear friend and co-worker passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 64 at Lafayette General Medical Center due to complications from Covid-19.
Until he died, Allen was a committed and dedicated member of the Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church in Opelousas and actively involved with the Methodist Cursillo Movement. Responding to the needs of others beyond his local area, he led medical mission teams for seven years into Mexico and beyond.
Allen was an avid LSU sports fan and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, cooking, playing golf, and flower gardening. His greatest pastime was spending time with Sue, his wife, B.J., his son, and his pup, Odie.
In his early professional years, he worked as a nurse in various departments. In these roles, he served as a staff nurse and assisted in Quality Control and Inflection Control. Since September 21, 1993, he served our campus as the Environmental Services Director with supervision of maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry. During these years, he was involved in emergency preparedness, quality assurance, safety, and infection control. Some of his great joys were assisting in organizing the annual staff celebrations of nursing home week, being the Santa Claus for the residents at Prompt Succor Nursing Home, working with the various contract personnel who came to repair equipment on the property, and participating in various religious services held in our chapel.
On September 14, 2018, Allen was acknowledged for his 25 years of service and he was asked to share some thoughts on this honor. He offered the following comments.
I am married to my wonderful wife, Sue, who is a dedicated nurse. We are blessed with our son, B.J., and we have one grandson, Nate. I love to hunt, to enjoy time with my family, and to follow the LSU Tigers! My other love is the Marianites of Holy Cross. I fell in love with them when I began working here 25 years ago and they quickly became an important part of my life! I can say that I actually grew up here at the nursing home. From the Marianites, I learned that everyone has a place and purpose in life and fulfilling that purpose is so important to each of us. I know the residents and families and, by my presence, I can make a difference each day in their lives. The scripture that guides my life is: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds; to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Allen certainly lived these words fulfilling his purpose in life with us and through us. We are so very blessed to have known him, to have worked with him, to have shared prayer and faith with him. He will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him. Gratefully, he leaves us with many wonderful and enduring memories which will continue to touch our lives for years to come.
We miss you, Allen! Keep us in your prayers!