Babs Curless

By From page A4 | March 14, 2014

Babs Curless

Dec. 19, 1932 — March 9, 2014

Our beloved Doris “Babs” Curless entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, March 9, 2014, surrounded by her daughters and granddaughter at the age of 81 years young.

She was born to Oliver and Doris Moore on Dec. 19, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minn. They preceded her in death, along with two sisters, Beverly Spence and Virginia Banks; and one son-in-law, Roger Starkey.

Bab’s dream came true when she opened and operated the very successful Babs Delta Diner in 1994 alongside her daughter Deby Starkey as her manager and best friend. She was the trendsetter for the waterfront of Suisun City as the first business to open on the Delta with her homemade cobblers, pies, cinnamon rolls, hash, eggs benedict and much more. However, her real claim to fame was getting to know her customers by name and giving them the special service they deserved.

Babs possessed a love for all those she met, but especially for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who all survive. She was a devoted mother to Harley Curless (Kay), Jan Jones (Norman), Deby Curless Starkey and Linda Chase (Steve); in addition to her beloved nephew, David Broman (Tricia); and a devoted grandmother to Joe, Cara, Justin, Jenifer, Rebecca, Jessicca, Lettie and D.J.; great-grandmother to Lauren, Jack, Madison, Kody, Katelyn, Kolston, Kinslee, Olivia, Trenton, Connor, Tyler, Jessicca, Alexis, Payton, Sidney, Emma, Se’lah, Sophie, Sylas, Skyer, Spencer, Saydee, Selma, Natalie, Dylon, Jacob and Hallee.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Babs’ life at the Suisun waterfront in Suisun City at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lupus Foundation of America/Heartland Chapter, 4640 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63311-3422.

Arrangements under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave,. Fairfield, Calif., 94533, 425-1041.

Nancy Green


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  • mescMarch 11, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    RIP Babs. May serve up many wonderful meals to the other Angels. My Heart & Prayers go out to Babs Family.

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  • Linda PaceMarch 11, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Babs you always had a smile and time to say hello to all around you. Our love to all of the family. We will always remember our Friday nights at the Vacaville Bulldogs football games watching Tyler play and Brittany cheer. And of course our Breakfast at Babs Delta Diner. Love to all of you Jim and Linda Pace

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  • Debbie Luttrell-WilliamsMarch 11, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    I met Babs when she worked for Myrna and always told her she should open her own place. When she did, my daughter, Adrienne, was one of her first employees. She always greeted us with a smile and a hug whenever she saw us anywhere. We shall miss her terribly.

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  • JenMarch 11, 2014 - 11:24 pm

    Met Babs (both the woman and the diner) in 2000 at the age of 36. Every time since she greeted myself and my wife...it was always... :"good morning (hi) girls". :Girls". ::) Bless you Ms Babs.

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  • Rick CarrMarch 12, 2014 - 12:30 am

    I have know Bab's since I attended Solano College and she worked at Myrna's Cafe. Always a sweet lady with a warm greeting. She always made you feel at home in her company. She will be truly missed!!

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  • Sarah Pace-NeisinghMarch 12, 2014 - 1:21 am

    Beautiful!!! Is how everyone will remember you!!! Beautiful smile, beautiful caring spirit, inside and out... Beautiful!!! Hugs to her family and former employees who everyday will miss her dearly. We have always and will always think of you and your hospitality every time we visit Babs. If anything... Thank you Doris!!! You will always be remembered.

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  • Mike DeatherageMarch 12, 2014 - 6:51 am

    My dad and I met Bab's when she opened up the first restaurant. What a delight and joy she was always greeting us with a smile. Rest in Peace our friend, Mike and Bob

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  • Susan BrowerMarch 12, 2014 - 7:20 am

    My greatest memory of being in Suisun is having the best breakfast, or lunch at Babs....She will be greatly missed and I sending special prayers to her family....Rest in Peace.

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  • Corey LeithauserMarch 12, 2014 - 9:51 am

    My family and I have many happy memories of eating at Babs and visiting with "Babs" herself! Her smile was infectious. Her beloved diner quickly became a favorite meeting spot for all of us who were new homeowners in Victorian Harbor! Strong and lasting friendships were forged over many a stack of Babs pancakes! Thank you for making Suisun City the wonderful small town it is today! You will be greatly missed! Corey Leithauser

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  • Jacqui JohnstonMarch 12, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Bab's will be greatly missed. Our family has many fond memories from 1994 when Bab's first had her dream come.

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  • Sam & Joan BlazerMarch 12, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    many wonderful meals and especially look forward to mothers day. Even now living in Washington state i look forward to eating at Babs when we go back to visit family. What a legacy this wonderful woman has passed on to new generations to follow.

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  • Teri Dahlin-BensonMarch 12, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    Bab's you will be missed by so many people! You were always such a big part of my Dad ( Darrell's life), and always so friendly to the whole family, what a wonderful person!

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  • Antonio CruzMarch 13, 2014 - 12:09 am

    My heart is sadden to read this I always enjoyed Babs and I really loved her food. I am speechless my deepest condolences to the family

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  • OT & PattyMarch 13, 2014 - 5:53 am

    RIP Babs, Thank you for all of the years of service you provided to my family. You are missed.

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  • Patty WherleyMarch 13, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Babs will always have a special place in my heart! Love to you all!

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  • Linda and Brian WetzelMarch 13, 2014 - 7:08 am

    To Deby and Becca, We were "just customers" but we feel as if we have lost a member of our own family. Our hearts go out to all of you with love. Linda and Brian Wetzel

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  • linda Rawley mossMarch 13, 2014 - 8:13 am

    I shall always Miss Babs knowing she is not with us anymore. She was a best childhood friend.

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  • John & Norma Merrill OnionMarch 13, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Sincere sympathy to all the family & friends of Babs. JB & Norma Merrill Onion- Summum,IL

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  • TanishaMarch 13, 2014 - 9:48 am

    It is so hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember. May Ms. Babs rest in peace and know that she touched so many lives and nourished so many souls.

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  • Connie Shaffer Merrick & FamilyMarch 13, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Bab's family. She was a wonderful person & I am proud to have known her.

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  • John WernerMarch 14, 2014 - 3:22 am

    My sincerest sympathy to all the Curless family. Bab's was a special childhood friend to many as you can see from the comments. The home was always a warm place and a place to gather round the table with friends and family.......apparently just like her diner was. She was a wonderful person.

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  • Dixie ToddMarch 15, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Babs will be missed. She left a place in my son Corey's heart. He thought so much of her and appreciated everything she taught him. She was a wonderful lady. Our sympathy to the family from the Todd family.

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