City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Carol A. Curran

Cary, North Carolina

Age 84.
Died 06/22/2022.

Carol A. Curran
Carol A. Curran passed away peacefully June 22, 2022 surrounded by her loving family following a short illness in Cary, NC. The wife of Richard E. Curran and daughter of James and Ann Donovan was 84 years old.

Born in Plainfield, NJ on May 2, 1938, Carol was known for her devotion to her husband and children, and her dedication to their wellbeing and happiness. Born during the Great Depression and trained in fiscal ingenuity by her mother, she could stretch a dollar and manage a limited budget to ensure that her family always had what they needed. Early in her marriage she often went without, never ever letting her children need or want for anything.

A graduate of Plainfield, NJ High School, Carol would go on to marry USN veteran Richard "Dick" Curran and follow him across numerous states as he grew his corporate career. She planned moves and set up households in NJ, Connecticut, New York and Hawaii, and then returned to NJ and Connecticut, finally retiring to South Carolina. She voluntarily gave up a very promising career with Bell Labs, where she worked on projects with very high-level US government security clearances, because it was more important for her to be home for her children and her husband. When asked about that missed opportunity later in life, Carol shrugged it off by simply saying, "My children always come first."

Carol loved growing up in Plainfield, Hawaiian sunsets, the NJ shore, eating blue crabs and a good NY style pizza, Christmas decorating and baking, vodka martinis and, until the very end, unfiltered cigarettes.

Carol was predeceased by her husband, parents, brother Jimmy, and two sons Richard Ebbett Curran Jr. and Christopher Curran. She is survived by her son Rick Curran (Jacksonville Beach, FL), daughter Maureen Curran (Ridgefield, CT), son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Tanya Curran (Cary, NC), and sister Jane Carrozza (Toms River, NJ). Carol is also survived by four grandsons (Joseph, Connor, Ethan and Christopher) that she adored, as well as numerous brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, cousins and nieces and nephews.

Carol would want to be remembered as a kind, caring, intelligent woman with an extremely sharp and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor, who always put her family first.

Her children are especially grateful for Tanya Curran, who gently, selflessly and lovingly cared for her mother-in-law in her final weeks. There are no words to express how grateful we are that our mother was able to pass from this life in her home with her family by her side because of Tanya.

The family would also like to thank the medical and support staffs of WakeMed Cary Hospital and Transitions LifeCare.

At Carol's request, there will be no formal final service. She requested that her remains be co-mingled with those of her husband, and spread in one or more of their favorite places. She understood and trusted that her children would know where those places are.

Also upon the family's request, for those who may care to do so, donations in Carol's name may be made to Transitions LifeCare at

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.

City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremations