City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Suzanne G. Sheffield

Naples, Florida

Age 82.
Died 12/18/2021.

Suzanne G. Sheffield
Suzanne Grafton Sheffield, 82, of Naples FL, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2021 with family by her side.

Suzanne was a strong willed, generous, intelligent, hard working, quick-to-laugh, and fun-loving mother, grandmother (Meema), sister, aunt, and friend who was not afraid to speak her mind.

She was born on September 18, 1939 to Lowell and Marjorie Grafton in Piqua, Ohio. The Graftons later moved to Oneida, NY where Suzanne and her sister Sara spent the remainder of their childhood. Suzanne was an accomplished student who sang in the school chorus and played both the piano and the french horn. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of her high school’s music award.

Upon graduation from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Psychology, Suzanne enrolled in an IBM computer class where she met and subsequently married Halsey Sheffield. After several years working as a Systems Engineer for IBM, Suzanne left to raise her three sons, John, Peter, and Michael, in Wyckoff, NJ.

In 1977, Suzanne re-entered the workforce as a single mother and soon became a Systems Analyst at United Parcel Service (UPS). As one of only a few women working in the information technology field at this time, Suzanne became a manager where she traveled the world installing UPS’s international systems and managing several large application groups. Despite her hard work and extensive travels, Suzanne was her boys’ biggest fan and made it a point to attend every game or match possible – an activity that continued when her grandchildren began to play. Suzanne was a true trail-blazer, rising through the ranks of men to run various groups, all while raising three boys of her own. We are all so very proud of her.

Suzanne retired in the late nineties and moved to Naples, FL after a brief stint in Rockport, MA. An extremely social person, Suzanne made and treasured friends wherever she went, maintaining relationships even after moving from place to place. For years, she summered in Vermont to be close to her grandchildren. She spent her retirement volunteering for many organizations, investing, knitting, visiting friends and family, and traveling the world – for fun this time.

Suzanne was predeceased by her parents, Lowell and Marjorie Grafton, and her step-father, Floyd McRae. She is survived by her son, John (wife Andrea and son Tyler) son, Peter (wife Chrissy and children, Anthony, Mia, and Nate), son, Michael (wife Cathy and children, Emma, Ethan, and Lydia), and sister, Sara Sellig (husband Bob, and children, Tom, Beth, and Kathy).

Celebrations of Suzanne's life will be scheduled in the coming months.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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