City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Kristin Edwards Montes

Morrisville, North Carolina

Age 48.
Died 06/05/2022.

Kristin Edwards Montes
Kristin Elizabeth Edwards Montes, 48, Morrisville, NC, beloved daughter, wife, and mother left this world on June 5, 2022 after an arduous battle with colon cancer. Her family will be forever heartbroken.

She leaves behind her parents, Vivian Bowman-Edwards and Steven Edwards, Cary, NC; husband Valeriano Montes, Morrisville NC; children Austin Edwards, Raleigh NC; Sofia Montes, Natalie Montes, Morrisville NC; extended family and an abundance of friends. She is predeceased by her grandparents W.C. and Georgene Edwards; Helen van Erven and William Bowman.

Kristin was born in St. Augustine, Florida, the first baby born at St. Augustine General Hospital, a fact of which she was inordinately proud. Years later after the hospital was closed to make way for a Lowe’s Hardware, she joked that they should erect a memorial to her birthplace, now in the washer/dryer section.

Kristin grew up and attended local schools in St. Augustine, Florida, where her high school Spanish teacher, Judy Martin, recognized her talent for learning languages and encouraged her to continue with Spanish which she did. In 1991 Kristin moved to Cary, NC, with her parents and later graduated from Meredith College, Raleigh, with a double major in Communications and in Spanish. She met her husband when he noticed her, a blonde, blue-eyed young woman speaking fluent Spanish to a friend.

Kristin loved to travel and visited over a dozen countries in Europe, Africa, and North America but her favorite vacations were at the beach or Disney World. She loved all things Disney and made countless trips there. Not only did she have Mickey Mouse t-shirts, she had various Disney characters on her suitcases, shoes, purses, phone case and more.

Kristin first worked as a preschool teacher, then a customer service representative in the travel industry but what she loved most was being a mother. Nothing was more important or meaningful to her than her three children. She had a bubbly personality and it was rare to see her without a smile. No one was a stranger for long after they met her. She was open and honest and shared her feelings as she progressed through the cancer that was causing her pain and discomfort. Her many friends will remember her generous spirit and optimism.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society. An online memorial is planned for a future date. Kristin’s family would like to thank all of her friends and family members who supported her throughout her illness. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

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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.

City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremations