City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Susan Giles

Carrboro, North Carolina

Age 79.
Died 02/27/2023.

Susan Giles
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Susan Mary Reece Giles, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 27, 2023, at the age of 79, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Susan was born in Melbourne, England in 1944 and moved to the US with her mother after World War II to be with her father. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Biology and went on to work for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in Raleigh, NC. She had a strong passion for wildlife conservation and stewardship, which led to her promotion as an educator at Pisgah Wildlife Center. She felt completely at home in Brevard and enjoyed telling stories about her adventures at the Center.

Susan was a devoted mother to her three children, Lori Hernandez (Ivan, spouse), Hoyt Giles (Leasa, spouse), and Catherine Carmell (Chris, spouse). Her love for them was evident in everything she did, and she was a constant source of support and guidance throughout their lives. She was also a proud grandmother to Brandon Giles (Stephanie, spouse) and Morgan Giles (Josh Watkins, fiancé), and great-grandmother to six.

After retiring in 2006, Susan moved back to the Triangle to spend time with her family and to take care of her mother. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and loving on her cats.

Susan was preceded in death by her father, Wister Lee Reece, her mother, Dilys Mae Reece Hale, and her sister, Elizabeth Ann Reece Hanzak. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, May 7. Susan's passing leaves a great void in our lives, but her memory will live on in our lives.

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.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

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