This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jessica Marie Bates-Martin who was born in North Carolina on November 24, 1987 and passed away on April 22, 2005 in a vehicle accident on the way to Blue Ridge High School in Greer South Carolina at the age of 17 years and 5 months. We will love and keep her memory alive forever.
Angel of My Heart
I believe in Angels My heart tells me it's true I believe in Angels Because I believe in you.
I believe in Heaven Where skies are so blue I believe in Heaven Because I believe in you.
I believe we'll meet again When my life is through I believe we'll meet again Because I believe in you.
"We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds." -Chekov
It was a normal Friday, our favorite day of the week.The day she would make her sisters do the pay day dance before they got in the car. It still doesn't seem real to me most of the time. She would have been a senior this year the accident was a month before her junior prom, we had bought the most beautiful dress. She never got to wear it; I remember taking her shopping she spent 2 hours looking at that dress, checking the seams and all the tiny beading. It was a princess dress she didn't want to wear an evening gown like she would after she graduated and had adult events to attend. We found the perfect dress and I don't even have a picture of her in it. Jess was going to go to college at Furman because it is close to home and they have a good psychology program, she was a South Carolina Junior Scholar, member of the Duke University Talent Identification program, a Captain of the Colorguard in the Blue Ridge High Corp of Cadets Marching Band. Beta Club, Who's Who in Americas High Schools and many other things. Mostly though she was my first baby and the girls’ big sister. I grew up with her and I wish I could have her back. She would have been eighteen on Thanksgiving Day.I hope this site honors her she deserves at least that. This is a pain that I never could have imagined.
9 years / Lauren Lane (Friend)
Hey Jess, So last night I dreamed about you, I used to wake up crying from those but now I welcome the chance to see your face again. I realized this morning that yesterday was your birthday...I can't believe it's been 9 years since i've seen you. In...
hey babe / Lauren Crow (best friend )
Thank you for watching over me these past years that feel like an eternity and yet as if no time at all has passed. I know you can see me and know what goes on in my life but i feel better writing it down, I suppose for my own selfish reaso...
Hey Sunshine / Pam Lintner (Grandma)
I sure do miss your beautiful smile, my little miss Sunhine. I cannot believe you would have been 24 on Thursday. It seems so long ago and yet sometimes like yesterday since you've been gone. I love you and miss you and can't wait to spend eternity ...
April 22, 2005 from my eyes / Miranda Merritt
JessYou have been on my mind so much more over the past week or so. Every day now feels like the first few days after the accident. It's been almost 6 years now and the pain randomly comes back all the time. It amazes me how I can still think about w...
Long lasting rememberance / Bradlee Edwards (friend)
I didn't know you all too well but your death effected me in a big way. I know I love you and your family and every year I think about you a lot. Your life was full of accomplishments and even though it was cut short I know you are having a good time...
Letter to Jessica on her 17th birthday. / Michelle Martin (Mother)Read >>