City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Patricia Leeper

Cary, North Carolina

Age 80.
Died 02/15/2022.

Patricia Leeper
Patsy wasn’t someone who would be horrified that everyone knows she was 80 years old when she passed away on February 15th, 2022. She always said a woman never tells her age… until she turned 65. From then on, she took great joy in telling people her age because no one ever believed she was as old as she said. (I always told her she looked good for an old lady!)

Second daughter to Clarence and Dorothy Phelps, Patricia Kay Leeper started her life in the small town of Rockford, Iowa and enjoyed playing basketball, twirling baton, and spending time with her friends and sister Sandra Lamansky. She valued the friendships she made in Rockford, Iowa, returning often in later years for class reunions. Those childhood memories were her fondest and most spoken of during her final years.

So many things brought Patsy joy in her life with her husband George being the center of it all. When George teased Patsy or shared one of his notorious puns, she always told others “don’t encourage him!” I’m not sure she ever understood that statement just encouraged him more! His constant love, support, and sense of humor made their marriage of 55 years, 5 months, 10 days a joy for all to behold. (Unless he tracked dirt in the house….)

George and Patsy’s children, Troy, Heather, and Dawn gave her both joy and many sleepless nights over the years. (I mean, let’s be honest here, none of us were angels!). She raised her children while building her free motion machine embroidery business, and instilled in us the importance of kindness, creative passion, and hard work. She loved being a grandmother to her six grandchildren, and though distance kept her from seeing them regularly, they were never far from her thoughts and she always had pictures handy to share with others.

Her “empty nest” years kicked off the adventures of a lifetime for her and George. They traveled the world visiting 130 countries, trying new things, making new friends, and seeing places that Patsy said she never dreamed of as a child.

Dementia may have robbed Patsy of her memories in her final years, but those of us who knew her have lots of memories and reminders. When you watch a University of Connecticut Women's basketball game, enjoy a gourmet meal, watch birds, admire beautiful fabric or thread, watch an old musical, find that perfect designer label clothing item on sale, attend a Broadway show, admire the talent of ice skaters and gymnasts, witness a spectacularly decorated Christmas tree, or see an amazing pair of shoes and matching purse….think of Patsy and smile.

A private memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Foundation in memory of Patsy.

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

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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.

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

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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


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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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