In Loving Memory of Robert James Bates 03/06/1929-01/19/2012 My dearest Daddy, you left exactly 2 years ago today. You are missed more than words can ever express; there is a hole in my heart and in my soul without you. You brought joy to everyone that knew you and made a huge difference in this world. I know you are now free of pain and worry, and are surrounded by those that love you, and I cannot wait to see you again. Look down at the Franklin mountains! The star is lit up in your honor again tonight. I love you! Trisha

Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 18 to Jan. 26, 2014