City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Debra Giannasi Thomson

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 66.
Died 03/13/2022.

Debra Giannasi Thomson
Debra Giannasi Thomson, age 66, departed this life after a brief and valiant battle with cancer. She lived a traditional childhood in favor of family and faith, and embraced an imaginative, carefree, and unencumbered lifestyle as a teen growing up during the 1960s and 70s in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Blessed from birth with a distinct emotional and intellectual energy, Debra naturally found her way in the social strata in an era of burgeoning independence and self-reliance. Cheering, twirling batons, and excelling in the classroom, she was a graduate of Lee Davis High School and continued her education at Virginia Tech and Mount Saint Mary’s.

Debra proudly raised her two daughters, Lauren and Heather, in Damascus, Maryland. She was an attentive and loving mother. Ever the matriarch of her family, she found tremendous joy in time spent with the girls and family pets. She later moved to Cary, North Carolina to again be close to her girls who had settled in the area after graduating from University of North Carolina Wilmington. She was an adaptive professional with a love for teaching, most notably in the primary school system and the financial services industry.

Debra was most content in soft ocean breezes, with her toes in the sand and a book in hand. She loved to travel and enjoyed adventures mostly outward bound to distant shores with her two girls, mother, family and friends. She continued to follow her faith and continuously enjoyed traditional bible study in the company of her many friends in North Carolina. She was fun loving, full of wit, kind and charismatic. She was caring and generous in her pursuit of happiness for herself and others.

Debbie is survived by her beloved daughters, Lauren Michelle Thomson and Heather Nicole Thomson; her mother, Dorothy Seelman Giannasi; her brothers, Andrew (Katherine), David (Jennifer), and Larry (Toni); and her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Details on a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please honor Debra by planting a tree or growing a garden. Above all, she wanted us to remember to be kind and compassionate to one another, live in the moment, and forgive others, just as God forgives each of us in Christ; for this, Debra surely smiles down on us all in favor.

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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