City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Obituary
Susan Wood Royster

Cary, North Carolina

Age 81.
Died 02/10/2024.

Susan Wood Royster
Susan Royster died peacefully on February 10, 2024. She was 81 years old.

Susan graduated from Benson High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught 5th and 6th grades in Florida, England, Raleigh, and Cary before retiring from the Wake County Public School System in 1998.

Traveling the world, her cats, reading, gardening, opera, symphony and her friends and family were her greatest pleasures. She fostered long-term friendships with whom she had many fun times. Topsail Beach, with its wonderful people, sea and sunsets, was Susan’s special place.

Susan was a “teaching adventurer”. Susan traveled the world for over six decades with Danny, friends, and family. As a teacher, she was able to introduce students to faraway people, places and cultures based on her firsthand experiences.

Susan valued international travel so much that when her husband Danny passed away in 1989, she established a scholarship with Go Global NC in his name. The scholarship enables a Wake County public school teacher to travel abroad every year and bring their experiences back to students. The lives of many Wake County public school teachers and their students have been greatly enhanced by this gift.

Before her death, Susan established a lifetime Go Global NC scholarship for Pender County. She was excited that Pender County teachers will be exposed to faraway places, people and cultures and bring their experiences back to their classrooms enhancing the lives of many.

Susan was predeceased by her husband, Danny Royster, parents Lois and P.B. Wood, Jr., sisters Peggy McGee Hall and Deborah Wood Kennedy. She is survived by sister Bette Anne Stephenson (Tommy) of Cary, seven nieces and nephews, and twelve great nieces and nephews.

Donations in memory of Susan may be made to Go Global NC at P.O. Box 2162, Wake Forest, NC 27588 or at https://globalnc.org/donate. The family will hold a private gathering at Topsail Beach this summer to honor Susan.

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.

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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.

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.

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Direct Cremation

$1196.75

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.

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Cremation with Visitation

$1917.84

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.

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Immediate Burial

$2497.50

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.

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Traditional Funeral

$5866.98

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.

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Green Burial

$3033.75

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.

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Aquamation

$2640.59

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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