Isabelle Christine Balderas

March 31, 1997November 27, 2018
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Isabelle Christine Balderas, 21, passed away peacefully Monday at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Izzy was born March 31, 1997, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the beloved daughter of Enrique and Melinda Balderas, and big sister to Olivia “Pipsqueak” and Elena “Lena Baby” Balderas.

Izzy was adored by many and she loved unconditionally each and every person who loved her in return. Despite battling congenital heart disease since birth, Izzy lived her life to the fullest. Her early years were particularly joyful as she basked in the love of so many people who celebrated her every moment.

Izzy loved cuddling new babies, drawing, going to the movies with her sisters, spending quiet time with her grandmother and talking for hours with her mom, who was her best friend, and her dad, who was her hero. More than anything, Izzy just loved being with family. She looked forward to every visit and would light up when her cousins came into the room.

Izzy was a warrior, who gracefully tackled every new stage of her illness, determined to spend more time with those who loved her. She also knew when she was ready to move on and she is now dancing, surfing and singing in heaven.

Until they come together again, Izzy is survived by her parents, Enrique and Melinda, and her sisters, Olivia and Elena, all of Texarkana; her grandparents, Sandra Munoz of Texarkana, George and Joy Nellessen of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Adolfo Balderas Hernandez and Maria Luisa Reyes Juarez of Morales, Guanajuato, Mexico, and so many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at East Memorial Chapel - Moores Lane with Deacon David Fowler officiating. Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

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Gerette Nellessen Kizewski

December 7, 2018

Sweet Isabelle came into my life one spring day in March when she was born - and oh so gently- left her footprint on my heart.
As a little girl, year after year, Izzy would dress as her favorite princess and invite her friends and family to celebrate her birthday with her. As each gift was opened, our girl would pause, tip toe over to the gift giver and bless each one with a hug, a kiss and an "I love you". She made sure that every person in the room received her attention and her love.
And her loving family struggle to move forward without her, I know that Izzy will remain with them.... reaching out with a hug, a gentle kiss and a treasured "I love you" whenever they are in need of strength, peace or comfort.
Though I am not ready to say goodbye, I will forever be grateful for the blessing of knowing, loving and learning from Isabelle. She was our own special angel right here on Earth.
I love you beautiful girl. You will be in my heart and memories forever.

Lulynn Foster

December 4, 2018

"Parent's should never have to lay a child to rest". Jim and I are so sorry for the loss of Izzy. Izzy was always smiling and would visit out in the yard with us. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your loss.
Jim and Lulynn Foster



      From the time she was born on March 31, 1997, Isabelle Christine Balderas showed a deep concern for others. She was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Isabelle came into this world at Saint Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point, Wi. Her parents were Enrique and Melinda Balderas. Isabelle was raised in Stevens Point, Wi and Texarkana, Texas.

      Isabelle loved her siblings Olivia and Elena. She loved watching them grow and was always proud of their accomplishments.

      As a young girl, Isabelle interacted well with other children. She was helpful. She was an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Isabelle had a number of interests in her youth. In her spare time she liked to watch movies and play games on her phone.

      As an imaginative and inventive person, Isabelle was comfortable showing her creative spirit. She enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies like cross stitch and research on anything that interested her at the moment. Her favorite pursuit was spending as much time with family as she could. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Isabelle possessed strong skills in planning and knew exactly what she wanted in life. A quality that positively influenced her travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacations included a trip to Disney World and a family cruise on the Disney Dream cruise ship.


      Isabelle passed away on November 27, 2018 at Children’s hospital,Arkansas. Isabelle fought a brave fight from day one. She was born with a congenital heart defect among many other ailments. She is survived by her parents Enrique and Melinda Balderas; her sisters Olivia and Elena Balderas; her grandparents Adolfo Balderas Hernandez,Maria Luisa Reyes Juarez,George and Joy Nellessen and Sandra Munoz. Along with many,many cousins, aunts and uncles. Services were held at East Funeral home.

      Though she could be a private person at times, Isabelle was always able and willing to give of herself. She was so in tune with others that she often seemed able to read their minds. Isabelle carried with her an almost mystical sense of life. She was a person who was highly original in her thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of her life. A poetic, intuitive “teacher”, Isabelle Christine Balderas shared herself freely and family and friends will remember Isabelle for the strength of her convictions.