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Deby Curless Starkey receives a hug before a memorial service for her mother, Babs Curless, along the Suisun City waterfront, Saturday. Doris “Babs” Curless, the original owner of Babs Delta Diner, passes away last Sunday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Suisun City

Suisun City celebrates life of ‘Babs’

By From page A4 | March 16, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Known for her homemade cinnamon rolls, but mostly for her big heart, Babs Curless left behind many friends and family who gathered at the waterfront Saturday for their final farewell.

An estimated 200 people attended the memorial service of Curliss, who died March 9 at the age of 81. After opening Babs Delta Diner 2o years ago, Curless cultivated a following for her warm breakfasts and hospitality.

“Her goal was to know every patron by name,” said Linda Chase during her mother’s eulogy.

Consistently recognized as Solano County’s best breakfast restaurant, Babs Delta Diner had a host of regulars.

Suisun City firefighter Greg Reducci, president of the Suisun City Firefighters Association, said his crew would go to Babs Delta Diner every Saturday and Sunday.

“She would take care of us,” he said. Curless would cook the firefighters new meals when they had to go out on calls so they had a fresh meal to come back to, Reducci said.

“She was very accomodating to us and the emergencies we responded to,” he said.

Suisun City Councilman Mike Segala credits Curless for the revitalization of Suisun City. The Navy veteran had known her for more than 20 years.

“She was probably the strongest woman in business that I have ever met,” he said. “Her work ethics were second to none.”

But more mattered to Curless, who was a mother of four, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 27.

“She truly lived solely for her family – as much as she loved her restaurant,” said Chase. “Her family is what it was all about.”

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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