City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Marlene Bissette

Creedmoor, North Carolina

Age 58.
Died 10/20/2022.

Marlene  Bissette
Marlene Fitzhenry Bissette, age 58, of Creedmoor, NC, was called to heaven on October 20, 2022. Marlene fought bravely, but eventually lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.

Marlene married her high school sweetheart, Greg, and they were together for 42 years. Marlene was a wonderful wife and mother of 4 lovely children: daughter Brittny Allison Bissette, son Casey Bradford Bissette, daughter Meredith Ann Bissette and son Matthew Bradford Bissette.

If there is one word that sums up Marlene, it is caring. Marlene cared very much for other people and she was fortunate enough to turn her caring nature into becoming a well-respected nurse, aiding patients that depended on her in their time of need. Marlene had an outstanding career as a nurse working in Neo-Natal Intensive Care, Emergency Departments, Post Anesthesia Care Units and as a Hospice Nurse. Marlene was able to touch the lives of many throughout her career as a Registered Nurse. Marlene was always there to assist her co-workers whether it be helping with a patient, covering a shift, or opening her home to them in their time of need. Doing all of this always brought a smile to her face. Everything that Marlene did, she did because she loved people.

Marlene was fond of saying to her family that "we don't live in a house; we live in a home." A home that is filled with love, laughter and incredibly welcoming to others. Marlene always made sure she lived up to this every day. Nothing made her smile more than to have her home filled with family and friends hearing them tell stories, cheer on the Steelers and laugh till they could laugh no more.

As her children grew up, the Bissette house was always filled with other children. Even when the family built their first house, she made sure rooms were built for the kids to entertain their friends and their yard was big enough to play baseball, football, softball and soccer with full teams. Not to mention the epic Halloween parties they would host with hundreds of people having fun. Marlene was always her happiest serving others and seeing them smile.

Marlene was a very giving person. If she saw someone struggling to pay for groceries in the checkout line, she would pay for it all, regardless of what may have been in their cart. If she had something you needed, she would not hesitate to give it to you. She would give it to you with a huge smile, expecting nothing in return.

Marlene had an adventurous spirit and loved to try new things. Family was the most important thing to her. Marlene firmly believed happiness was a choice and she chose to be happy every day. She knew tough times were temporary. Marlene always said things don’t matter, people do. Marlene lived by this every day. Her favorite line to say was “slow and steady,” and she always continued to move forward, no matter what life threw at her. She was an incredible person that will be remembered for the good she did, the lives she touched, and her contagious smile that impacted everyone.

Services will be held for Marlene on Saturday, October 29th, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh, NC at 1pm. The family will be on hand to receive visitors prior to the service at 12pm.

Flowers can be sent to the church Friday, 10/28 between 9-2:30 or Saturday 10/29 9-11:30.

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

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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.

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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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