Dee Surta, Laguna Beach, CA 2011
Doris (Dee) Surta
  • 69 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 10, 1943
  • Place of birth:
    Clifton, Tennessee, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 2, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Los Angeles, California, United States
It's your birthday! It's your birthday!...

Memorial Service Information:
Saturday, July 14, Batavia United Methodist Church

Visitation from 1:30 p.m-3 p.m. Service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations (checks only, please) can be made to Hospice of the Southwest, 450 N. Dobson Road, Suite 108, Mesa, AZ 85201. We appreciate your generosity.

The church is located at 8 N. Batavia Ave (Rt. 31 just North of Wilson St.), Batavia, IL 60510. Parking behind the church on Water St. (off of Wilson), and along Wilson St.

This memorial website honors our loved one, Dee Surta, who lived her life with courage and passion. We welcome you to leave a tribute to Dee, share your fond memories and stories, or add pictures to the gallery. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Laura Shimkus on 4th July 2016

"Well, it's the fourth of july today and baby you were a firework in our lives!  I just had my 70th birthday and will never forget my 40th because YOU did it!  People 20 years later still talk about it!  You have left your mark in more ways than you can ever imagine with your strength, beuaty of person, and delight of life!"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 8th May 2016

"Dear Mom,
Happy Mother's Day! Today offered me a day of reflection on our lives together. I remember how you persevered against all odds and displayed strength and courage in the face of routine adversity. I think it is fair to say that we all strive to be like you in many ways and carry that "never give up attitude". You were one tough woman!
With love,
Tony"

This tribute was added by melissa wood on 10th April 2016

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE YOU AND YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART.TELL MOM I LOVE HER AND MISS HER AND YOU VERRY MUCH."

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 10th April 2016

"Dear Ma,
"It's your birthday on a Sunday, It's your birthday on a Sunday! Happy birthday day to you!" Happy birthday Ma!

You live on in my heart and mind. I think of you daily and miss you very much!

love,
Tony"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 25th December 2015

"Dear Ma,
Merry Christmas! We miss you! We are doing our best to honor your Christmas traditions and lively spirit.  I hope we can bring everyone together next year in the same way you brought us together for so many holidays. We cherish those memories and long for your love.
Love Tony"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 7th July 2015

"Can't believe its been three yrs already , think about you all the time but I know y ou are not in pain any more sorry for being late but didnot forget you"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 3rd July 2015

"Dear Ma,
It has been three years since we last talked, but I think of you everyday.  I cannot remember every day we spent together but I do remember moments; those special moments that mean so much today.
Love Tony."

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 10th May 2015

"Happy Mother's Day Ma!
I love and miss you! You are always in my thoughts.
With enduring love,
Tony"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 19th April 2015

"Dee was thinking about as always having some major surgery next month wish you were here so I could hear you tell me it going to be ok.Love you miss you"

This tribute was added by Laura Shimkus on 18th April 2015

"I hope you know that all these words constructed in your honor from so many hearts shows how much you were and are still loved, by heart after heart, and soul after soul.....you have blessed us all with your presence on earth."

This tribute was added by melissa wood on 14th April 2015

"HI sis i know im late but i am always late just wont to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and let you know i love you. YOURkids and grandkids are doing grate and that little grategrand baby is a little doll.You word love her but i know you are looking down on her with lots of love.Will sis i love you and Happy Birthday ."

This tribute was added by Abraham Hassan on 10th April 2015

"Happy Birthday Grandma,
I would type the birthday song but it just wouldn't do it justice. I can hear you singing it to me over the telephone right now. I just want to be able to do that for you right now. I miss you and often think about you whenever I see a Jeep on the road.
Love, Abe"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 10th April 2015

"Opp got my date wrong today is thebig day HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to my big sis,,, second mom miss you so much think of you each and every day hold my spot next to mom LOVE YOU YOUR LITTLE SIS"

This tribute was added by Joyce Walden on 10th April 2015

"Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Dee!
Happy Birthday on a Friday!
Love you and miss you!"

This tribute was added by Brenda Rainey on 10th April 2015

"Happy Belated birthday miss you so much, my big sis, second mom I am lost without you,, but hold that special place up there with mom for me,,,,LOVE LITTLE SIS BRENDA"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 10th April 2015

"Dear Ma,
Happy Birthday! We miss you very much and constantly reminisce about the good ole times. I wish you were here with us today to celebrate and dance to your party song "Celebration". I will tip a glass for you in celebration. "It's your birthday! It's your birthday on a Friday!"
Love Tony"

This tribute was added by Laura Shimkus on 4th July 2014

"I always think of you on this Holiday, Dee.  Somehow, the brilliance of the fireworks speaks of the magnificence of yourself that you passed on to others who knew you.  These joys are well remembered."

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 3rd July 2014

"wow ,,two years already feel like only yesterday we were talking and laughing,miss you so much.

love brenda"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 2nd July 2014

"Dear Mom, it has been two years today since you left, but your voice still talks to me, your principles still lead me, and your strength resides within me. I hope you feel proud as a parent because you have given me so much and have made all things possible.  I miss you of course, but you should know that you are never far from my thoughts and the memories always fill my heart with love and joy.     With Eternal Love, Tony"

This tribute was added by melissa wood on 10th April 2014

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIS I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH .I THANK OF YOU ALOT BUT I KNOW ONE DAY I WILL SEE YOU AND MOM AGAN .SO TAKE CARE I WILL ALWAYS  LOVE U YOUR SIS MELISSA"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 10th April 2014

"Happy Birthday Ma! I love and miss you very much. There isn't a day that goes by without me thinking of you.
Love Tony"

This tribute was added by Brenda Rainey on 10th April 2014

"Happy Birthday Dee miss you but never forgotten,,love your baby sis..."

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 2nd July 2013

"One year from  today was a verysad day.Dee you are loved an missed very much, are always on my mind..When  you passed I lost my sister and friend.:Love  you so much"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 1st July 2013

"We miss you! It will be one year tomorrow since you went to heaven and life on earth isn't the same. We talk about you regularly and reminisce on those good, bad and ugly times; even the ugly times are funny now. As you know, life goes on and as you requested we are all doing our best to live our lives fully. Just like you, we give it our best and work harder than the rest. I Love You Tony"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 29th June 2013

"Woke up with you on my mind this morning, miss you so much
love you things are going well or all of us ,, love Brenda and family"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 12th May 2013

"Dear Mom, Happy Mother's Day! I miss you and love you very much!  Special days, like today, are not the same without you here to share them with us.  There isn't a day that goes by without you and our memories coming to mind. I know everyone is missing you and they will all have you on their minds and in their hearts today. With all my love, Tony."

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 10th April 2013

"Dee can't have a drink for your birthday but will have a Mocha for you tell mom hi i know you both will have a great day together, i miss chating with you also.

love your little sis"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 10th April 2013

"Happy Birthday Ma! It's your birthday on a Wednesday, It's your birthday on a Wednesday, Happy birthday to you! I miss you so very much! I will be sure to play your favorite song, Celebration, and have a cocktail in your honor to celebrate your 70th birthday. I love you so much and I still can't believe you are not a phone call away. I miss our daily chats on my way home from work. OXOXOXO"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 9th April 2013

"Wanted to let you know i have not and will never forget you HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish i could give you a hug so here is a big hug from all of us,,love you"

This tribute was added by Bette Hoos on 31st March 2013

"Easter Sunday with neighbors here in Mesa won't be the same this year without your smiling face."

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 31st March 2013

"Woke up this morning missing you all the Easter dinners we you too have at your house ,, neer will be the same but must keep it up or my amily and grandchildren.LOve you miss you R/I/P"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 15th March 2013

"Woke up this morning thinking of you ,, and how strong you were to have went through what you had to go through,, having a hard time these days  but you give me hope man I miss you.. love you so much R/I/P my dear sister"

This tribute was added by Laura Shimkus on 3rd March 2013

"If only you knew how often I think of you, while I"m doing my hair to go somewhere, or playing a game of cards, or walking along a path in snow, or seeing your grandchildren grow.  Your energy and spirit are in my life, and you, Dee Surta, I have been blessed to have known."

This tribute was added by Brenda Rainey on 23rd February 2013

"Hi Deeyou ve been on my mind a lot latley you were always there when i needed someone to talk to,,,going through alot right with Tyshika wanting to move to chicago with my grandson with no job our housing,, i am so powerless Please send me a sign on what to do ..Man i miss you so much love you huges so happy you are at peace now and with Mom,,and chris may all o you  r/i/p"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 3rd January 2013

"was thiknking about you ma miss you so much i know you are in a better place now love you ,,,R>I>P"

This tribute was added by Brenda Rainey on 27th December 2012

"Dear MA....are chirstmas was really hard or me not being able to call and talk to everyone,,you had the but chritsmas when i was growing up not sure i they will be the same ,, miss you and tell mommy hi and give her a BIGhug or mis .

will always be missed love you soon much"

This tribute was added by Anthony Hassan on 27th December 2012

"Dear Mom,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this note. As you can imagine, Christmas was not the same this year. We missed your smile, warm embrace, fine china, and oh yes, the tasty tenderloin. I am afraid, no matter how hard we try,Christmas will never be the same without you. I miss you and just wish I would have said "I love you" more!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Blackburn on 16th July 2012

"I met Dee only a few times as the "Mom of Kathy," a great friend of mine. I didn't know Dee well, but I know she loved life and must have been an amazing person to have raised such great girls in Kathy and Paula. My sympathies go out to the entire family; I know she will be greatly missed. Loved seeing all the photos!"

This tribute was added by Carey Rossi on 15th July 2012

"As the mother of one of my best-friends, I had the pleasure of knowing Dee since the mid-90s when Kathy and I were in college.  I will always remember Dee as the fun-loving, energetic, classy, and generous woman that she was.  My sympathies go out to Kathy, Rick, Paula, Dave, and the rest of family."

This tribute was added by Joscelyn Johnson on 13th July 2012

"A toast to Dee, who bore many of her life's viscissitudes, with courage and grace.
Joscelyn"

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 12th July 2012

"just and to say how heavy my heart is right now because i can't make it down,i know she is dancing around up the with mommmy having the drink od chocie, love you Dee R.I.P. .Give mommmy a big hug for mr and also chris for me save me a sit ."

This tribute was added by mary porter on 11th July 2012

"Who shall find a valiant woman..we did.
May flights of angels guide thee to thy rest.
We love you and  we will miss you.
Among the Irish it is said that as long as you are remembered you are still with us. You will never be forgotten.
Love, Mary and Jim Porter"

This tribute was added by Faye Melville on 10th July 2012

"For many years Dee was a very special "lunch lady" here at Ball Horticultural. As manager of the Cafe she greeted everyone with a genuine warmth and huge smile. She was extremely proud of the food she served and continually interacted and mingled with her customers ensuring their satisfaction and asking for input. She was an absolute joy, a beautiful woman inside and out. Love you Dee!"

This tribute was added by Laura Shimkus on 10th July 2012

"DEE,an angel's soul on earth, brought joy, happiness, caring, laughter, togetherness, and heart to all who knew her.  She graced her own family with pillars of strength.  She took people by the hand and brought them a step higher and closer to where they should be.  She tended the sick and infirm.  She enlightened a room with her charisma always dressed in a smile. We celebrate your life."

This tribute was added by sadie briggs on 9th July 2012

"Dee was a second mom to me in high school and college. I have so many wonderful memories of her and cherish them all. Dee came to every single track meet and always made sure the team had pleanty to eat and drink(loved those lemonades!). She carried that on to college where she always made sure we were taken care of there too.She was so appreciated and loved and will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Shirley Keeton on 9th July 2012

"Doris was a cousin of mine i wish i had kept in touch with her the only time we saw each other was at bad times i will miss her my sympathy goes out to the family R.I.P,
Shirley Keeton"

This tribute was added by Shirley Keeton on 9th July 2012

"Doris was  a very special cousin of mine .We  were both born in clifton and ran around together until we moved I loved her very much and will miss her Rest In Peace Doris.Our symputhy goes out to all the family
Annetta and Roy Willet"

This tribute was added by Rickie Long on 9th July 2012

"aunt dee. u will b greaty misssed..i thank u for all the wonderfull memorys i have of us as a family.u were a wonderfull mother,sister aunt and friend!! its sad to have to let u go but after all the tears have stoped and we have rembered ur wonderfull life we will breath a breath of freash air and thank god u r no longer suffering!!!! give granny a bg hug and kiss for me!! i love u! R.I.P!"

This tribute was added by melissa wood on 8th July 2012

"Dee was my olds sister and i loved here verry much.She was always ther for me when we were kids.We didn,t have much but we always had a good time.She will be missed by all we love u verry much."

This tribute was added by brenda rainey on 8th July 2012

"To my lovely sister you will be truly missed there are no words to say how much you will be miss and loved.You were the greatest sister anyone could ever ask for. I will always love you and will never be forgoten. my you R.I.P with all are love ones.

Love Brenda"


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