City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Sara (Crittenton) Allan

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 67.
Died 06/17/2024.

Sara (Crittenton) Allan
Sara (Crittenton) Allan
Raleigh, NC
Age 67
Died June 17, 2024

Sara Allan, passed away quietly and peacefully at home on June 17, 2024 at the age of 67.

She is survived by her mother and father; Linda and George Crittenton, her siblings; Randy (Susan) Crittenton. Kathy (Boyd) Whitley , and twin sister Julie (Steve) Lockhart, several nieces and nephews, her loving husband of 37 years; Christian, and her children; Lindsay and Jordan.

Sara was born in Miami, Fl. and enjoyed her childhood in Ft Lauderdale, Fl. but spent most of her life in Raleigh, attending Millbrook HS and Appalachian State University. Prior to raising a family she worked in the healthcare field (Rex hospital) and as a travel agent, roaming the country and Europe with Christian.

Sara was a loving and dedicated mother for her children, serving as room mom and more for many years. She was active in the community and the Interfaith Food Shuttle organization and farm, including raising 50 chickens in her garage until mature enough to release on the farm.

Sara was also an avid gardener and had a certified “Natural Wildlife Habitat” in her yard , taking great enjoyment from wildlife, nature and trips to our National Parks as well as Holden Beach which was a
particularly special place to her and her family.

Sara fought a 3 year battle with cancer, Stage 4 when discovered, fighting hard and beating it back twice to continue to live life on her terms. In spite of the challenges she never lost her grace, her caring and pride for her family, her beautiful smile or her sense of humor. She had amazing strength and courage. A favorite saying of hers was “We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sails” and that was how
she chose to live her life, filling especially the last few years with joy, calm, and laughter that was absolutely infectious to others.

Sara will be dearly missed and her presence will be felt the most by the ocean and in nature. Though she left us much too soon she would state repeatedly how grateful she was for her life experiences, her family and her many great memories. She would say she had a “wonderful life”…and she did.

Those wishing to express sympathy (and in lieu of flowers) may consider making a donation to Transitions LifeCare Hospice, St. Jude’s, Save Our Monarchs or to your favorite wildlife charity.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date

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