Noah Kai Russell 17 months old, of Odessa joined heaven on February 19, 2022 in Houston, Texas while being held and loved by his parents. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 27th at 3pm at Crossroads, 6901 E. Highway 191, Odessa, Texas 79765. Visitation is from 1-9 pm on Monday, February 28th at Martinez Funeral Home. There will be a celebration of Noah’s life beginning at 7pm. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, March 1st at 1PM at Martinez Funeral Home, Family will be receiving friends from 10AM until service time at 1PM, following will be the interment for Noah at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 6801 E. 1-20, Odessa, Texas 79762.
Noah Kai Russell was born in Houston, Texas to Ricardo and Amy Russell on September 10, 2020. Baby Noah Kai was the love of his mommy and daddy’s lives. He was a very happy and extremely loved baby by his parents, family members, the NICU and PICU staff at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and anyone who saw his pictures and videos on Facebook. Although he met very few family members, they all loved him dearly even those who had never met him in person. Noah loved his “babies” (his mobile and multiple cuddly animals to sleep with), his sloth pacifier, holding hands, and being held by his daddy and mommy. He had the most beautiful and infectious smile that would make anyone happy when they saw his picture or were around him. He left a huge impression on many people’s hearts. Noah Kai fought hard and loved even harder. He loved to pray with mommy and daddy every night before going to bed. We always told him to make good choices and we know he is making those in heaven now. Baby Noah Kai did and still means the world to his parents, and he showed us how to be stronger in our faith, our marriage, and how to love and be positive even when times got tough. Noah smiled through many rough times but he always woke up happy and began a new day and proved doctors wrong in so many ways until God called him home.
Noah is preceded in death by his grandpa Ricardo Russell Sr., his Papa Sabas Nabarrete Jr., step grandfather Ramon Quezada Sr., great grandmother Alicia Rodriguez, great grandpa Thomas C. Mata, great grandparents Victoriano & Socorro Molina, and great Uncles Joe and Sammy Mata, Johnny Vasquez Sr., and cousin Johnny Vasquez Jr.
Noah is survived by his parents, Ricardo and Amy Russell, maternal grandmother Terri Nabarrete, Uncle Sabas Nabarrete III, Aunt Nancy (Brian) Ledgerwood, cousins Megan, Alexis, Nathaniel, and Jacob. Great grandmother Lupe Mata, paternal grandmother Martha Russell, uncles Eric (Cassandra) Morales, John (Barbara) Russell, Michael Russell, and Bobby Russell, cousin Eliana Joy Russell, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones.
Pallbearers will be his uncles: Sabas Nabarrete III, Eric Morales, John Russell, Michael Russell, and Bobby Russell.
The family of Noah Kai wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Children’s Memorial Hermann NICU and PICU staff, UT Health Houston, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Harding, Dr. Khan, Dr. Boukas, Dr. O’Connor, his primary nurses in the NICU: Erica B., Rosa H., Caitlin W., Briana M., Erika J., and Marlene K., and the amazing nurses and staff who loved on our baby throughout his life. Also, a special thank you to Pastor Jeremiah Ramer and Crossroads Odessa, Ronald McDonald House of Houston, Texas and our family and friends for supporting us during our times of need and the constant prayers.
Arrangements are entrusted to Martinez Funeral Home.