City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Joan (Darlene) Skidmore

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Age 82.
Died 04/06/2023.

Joan (Darlene) Skidmore
On the evening of Thursday, April 6th, Joan Darlene Skidmore joined her Heavenly Father in His peace and eternal love. Darlene was an extremely caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. She was a godly woman who loved the Lord and her family and set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives.

She was born in Frostburg, Maryland to John and Virginia Logue on April 2, 1941 and had two sisters, Susan Vining and Andrea Donius. She first met her future husband, Rance, in kindergarten and after graduating from Beall High School, they both attended Frostburg State College. Rance finally won Darlene over and they were married in 1962. They spent the next sixty years together and travelled far and wide in service to the United States Air Force and then for their own pleasure. They had two children - Wendy Michelle and Eric Rance.

Darlene worked several jobs over the years – managed a china shop, worked for several churches and companies as an administrative assistant, etc., but her passion was her family. She loved creating delicious meals for her family and friends, creating a welcoming, loving home, spending time with her family and friends, traveling and generally spent her life in service to her family, her church, and her community. She served in a wide range of missions and ministries, helping to repair homes in Appalachia, caring for the homeless and less fortunate, and volunteering at local food pantries. Her passing on Maundy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper and of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet, will forever be a reminder of Darlene’s legacy of Christian compassion and service. She is greatly missed, but is now at peace and for that, her family is grateful.

Darlene is survived by her husband Rance, daughter Wendy and family, son Eric and family, sister Andrea and family and her sister Susan’s family. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 am on April 22 at St. Francis United Methodist Church in Cary, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or Dorcas Ministries in Cary, North Carolina.

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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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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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