A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

To honor and celebrate Zei, We ask you to wear pink to her celebration of Life Gathering on Sunday.
OBITUARY

Zei Brieanna Uwadia

February 1, 2002February 11, 2019
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Zei BrieAnna Uwadia passed at home, in her mother’s arms, on February 11, 2019.

Zei entered this world by way of Wichita, Kansas on February 1st, 2002, 17 years ago. From birth, Zei demonstrated a determined, albeit a bit daring, personality. Her mother recalls Zei as a toddler, walking around, eyes closed, trying to navigate their home. Purposely adding another layer of challenge to this world, possibly preparing herself for a future we could have never guessed. Zei embraced her role of big sister at age seven. She realized the practice of selflessness through her love for her brother Jai and became his advocate and protector, teaching him how to now carry on that love for Zei’s youngest sister Ziah. In school Zei’s teachers called her a quiet leader. She played basketball, participated in Girls on the Run, enjoyed walks with her dog and loved long drives with her mom. Zei and her mother’s best conversations were spoken during those drives, eyes forward, hearts open. In middle school Zei survived harsh bullying and battled social anxiety. She spent her time before high school navigating life, again with her eyes seemingly closed, testing boundaries before finding balance. She found mentors in her North High School Avid and gifted Language Arts teachers. Zei was a reader and a writer of fiction and was most at ease at home with her family. Zei was an introvert that somehow ended up connecting with the world. She suffered sudden respiratory failure likely related to a sensitivity to Bactrim and transitioned from a healthy 16-year-old girl to a critically ill teen in a matter of days. And the toddler challenging her path by closing her eyes changed the minds of a children’s hospital as they allowed her to walk on ecmo life support. But notoriety was never Zei’s purpose. Her purpose for 457 days in the PICU was to survive and return to the ease of home. And that she did.

Zei is survived by her mother Brie Kerschen and her father Kingsley Uwadia, by her brother and sister Jai and Ziah, maternal grandparents Jerry and Rebecca Kerschen, maternal great-grandmother Evelyn Hanna, paternal grandparents Ohio and Mercy Uwadia. Zei’s passing leaves a sacred space amongst cousins as close as siblings and many aunts and uncles.

Zei was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents Gerald and Margaret Kerschen, maternal great-grandfather Robert Hanna.

A gathering honoring Zei’s life will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 2 - 4 pm at Newman University, Dugan Center, 3100 McCormick St., Wichita, Kansas 67213. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

  • DONATIONS

  • Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice

Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Sunday, February 24, 2019
REMEMBERING

Zei Brieanna Uwadia

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Michelle Ratliff

February 27, 2019

Zei's story touched my soul. She was a beautiful young woman. My daughter was an ECMO Warrior too. What touched me the most was that she transitioned on my daughter's birthday. May the Lord bless the family with peace and comfort.

Lots of love and support from Powder Springs, Ga

Victoria Snyder

February 24, 2019

I’ll always remember Zei and CeCe coming over to hang out with Liz while we all tried on clothes at a party. The three sat at different computers at the same table messaging each other because they were too shy to talk to each other.

Perla Herrera

February 24, 2019

Perla Herrera

February 24, 2019

An amazing friend❤️ I love you so much Zei❤️

Endeyah Donnell

February 24, 2019

Lucy Hanna

February 23, 2019

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you 🦋

Lucy Hanna

February 23, 2019

Our Zei, You are my shinning star <3

As a little girl you were just like your mother when she was a little girl. You were so shy & sweet. And sometimes when you didn't see that anyone was looking, you'd flash that all-knowing smile. Had I known that you wouldn't be with us very long, I would have spent so much more time focused on you & who you were. But then I'd be your annoying aunt that you couldn't escape. I know that wasn't possible, but still I wish it was. I know that your mom made your life as magical as she could & I know that she is one of the best moms possible. How grateful I am to have you and her in my family. And what a gift to see you at 17, so strong & brave, you and your mom teaching us things we thought we knew & showing such grace & beauty while doing this. The last time we spoke it was about you playing the violin. How I wish I could have heard you play even the most simple piece. I'm honoring you this weekend in my own way using the violin in a sculpture representing your strength, your soul, your beauty. It's my connection to you.

Love, Aunt Lucy

Shirley Larimer

February 22, 2019

I didn't know this family, but begin to follow their story via a friend. I have felt blessed to be apart of the prayer chain that followed them. My heart goes out to the family and will continue to keep them in my prayers. She was a beautiful strong young woman, and I'm sure she will continued to be loved and missed by many...

Kadina Thorbourne

February 21, 2019

I wish I had the pleasure of meeting such a sweet strong young inspiration. I am glad you got to go home and be with your family. May god comfort your family and may you rest peacefully💜

Trusha Bhatt

February 20, 2019

Dear Zei, I never had the honor of meeting you, but I felt that I did through your mom’s inspirational stories of your and your family’s brave fight. I met your mom a handful of times throughout college and remember her bright smile, which you share as well. That smile will continue to shine bright no matter where you are...because you will and always will be around...especially after enjoying some tacos and letting out a few tears. All my love, Trusha

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