City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Mi Xie

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Age 58.
Died 09/28/2023.

Mi Xie
It is with heavy hearts that we share the peaceful passing of Mi Xie on September 28, 2023, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Mi, beloved wife, mother, and friend, touched the lives of those around her with her joy and unwavering strength.

Born on April 21, 1965, in Nanchang, China, Mi was the oldest of three children. From a young age, she embraced her role as a big sister, caring for her younger siblings with devotion. She would pick them up from school every day and often treated them to special outings, such as trips to the movies, creating cherished memories during their childhood.

She and her future husband, Wei Chen, grew up in the same hometown, their lives intertwined from an early age. They embarked on a lifelong journey of love and companionship, marrying on February 7, 1990, in their hometown.

Mi pursued her education with unwavering dedication, earning her undergraduate degree in Biology from Jiangxi University in 1987 and her first graduate degree in 1989. Mi and Wei made the life-changing decision to immigrate to the United States in 1994, where Mi continued her pursuit of knowledge and earned another graduate degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1997. After settling in North Carolina, Mi embarked on a remarkable career at GlaxoSmithKline as a drug discovery researcher, dedicating over two decades of her life to finding treatments and cures for infectious diseases.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Mi was a loving and devoted mother to her two children, Sherry and Jack. She cherished her role as a parent and instilled in her children the value of hard work and education. Mi's love and support for her family knew no bounds, and she took immense pride in their every achievement.

Mi enjoyed simple pleasures such as cooking, gardening, taking on home improvement projects, indulging in binge-worthy television shows, and gaining financial wisdom through investment podcasts. Her evenings were often filled with leisurely walks around the neighborhood after dinner, where she found solace and peace in the world around her.

Mi is survived by her husband, Wei Chen; children, Sherry and Jack Chen; parents, Shijian Xie and Rongfen Liu; siblings, Chunming and Hui Xie.

Mi will be remembered as a beloved member of the community and her legacy of love, strength, and resilience will live on in the hearts of her family and friends. May she find eternal peace, and may her memory continue to inspire us all.

A service to celebrate Mi’s life will be held at Maplewood Cemetery, Section 2, 1621 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC at 10 am on Sunday, October 8, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and share memories of a remarkable woman who will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Mi's memory to Habitat for Humanity.

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.

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