City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Marilyn Glenn

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 84.
Died 05/19/2024.

Marilyn Glenn
Marilyn Lee Glenn passed away on May 19, 2024, surrounding by her loving husband, children, and grandchildren. Born in Phoenix, AZ on June 7, 1939, to Thomas and Augusta Hales, Marilyn and her parents moved to southern California when she was three years old.

Marilyn spent her childhood and young adult years in Pasadena. She had many fond memories of growing up including attending the opening day of Disneyland on July 17, 1955, a story she loved to recount to her family. Marilyn graduated from Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College, and it was there she met the love of her life Dinsmore (Denny) Glenn, Jr. during a class where they were seated alphabetically by last name. Marilyn and Denny were married February 1962 and spent the next 62 years building their life together. Marilyn attended San Diego State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Her love of Pi Phi continued throughout her life, and Marilyn was a shining example of lifelong commitment and sisterhood. She was particularly proud to serve as the Alumnae Advisor to the University of California Irvine collegiate chapter of Pi Beta Phi. In her career, Marilyn spent time working in retail and later in property management. For most of her retirement, Marilyn and Denny resided in Palm Desert, CA and moved to Raleigh, NC in November 2020 where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Marilyn was loved dearly by her family and friends. She had a vibrant personality, was quick witted and happy to share her opinions. She enjoyed engaging in a variety of hobbies such as gardening, reading, and playing Mahjong and Mexican Train. Throughout life, she enjoyed traveling the world and was particularly fond of the Greek Islands and Santorini, Greece. Marilyn also had a very gentle and caring side, and she was especially fond of her pets, treating them as her children. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Denny, her daughter Jennifer and her husband Joe Netzel, her son Tres and his wife Kim Glenn, 11 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren, and her cats, Hunter and Tumbles.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Chiffon, her care manager, and her wonderful care team of Jane, Mulu, Wanda, Rakey, Rbika and Gloria for their dedicated and loving care of Marilyn over the last several years.

Her celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Waltonwood at Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s research at Alzheimer's Association (

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