City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Marilyn Basinger

Franklinton, North Carolina

Age 81.
Died 04/01/2024.

Marilyn Basinger
Marilyn Basinger, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1st, 2024, while being cared for in the home of her daughter Donna. A current resident of Franklinton, North Carolina, and Born on October 3rd, 1942, she lived a life full of love, laughter, and dedication to her family and community.

Marilyn's professional journey was marked by three retirements, each representing a chapter of hard work and commitment. She retired from Reichhold Chemicals and then from Quintiles before dedicating her time to her cherished church, Woodland Baptist Church in Wake Forest, NC, where she retired just last year. Her dedication to her work and community exemplified her strong and resilient spirit.

In addition to her remarkable career and adventurous spirit, Marilyn had a passion for reading, puzzles, and spending time at the beach. A woman of boundless energy and love, Marilyn was a constant presence at her grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's events, always with her signature smile and adorned with her favorite hats. She found joy in traveling with her family, making memories that will be cherished forever. Her love for travel took her to hot-air balloon festivals, where she found pure delight in the colorful skies above, and she even had the opportunity to ride in one, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Marilyn's generosity knew no bounds. She volunteered with the American Red Cross, serving meals after Hurricane Katrina, and was always volunteering with her church missions team, ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

Marilyn will be deeply missed by her siblings, Jerry Boger (Sandra), and Betsy Boger Safrit (Bobby); her children, Donna Basinger Gardner (Gene), Lewis Basinger (Jessica), James York, and Darrell Basinger (Ashby); her nine grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert Boger and Edith Shuping Boger, and her siblings, Nancy Boger Clendenin, Wilbert Boger Jr, and John Boger.

A celebration of Marilyn's life will be held on Saturday, May 18th at:
Woodland Baptist Church
190 Woodland Church Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Visitation 10:00 AM
Celebration Memorial Service 11:00 AM

In place of flowers, donations can be made to Woodland Baptist Church or Bible Broadcasting Network (BBNRADIO.ORG).

Marilyn's legacy of love, kindness, and dedication will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace.

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