City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Juli Keller McKinney

Apex, North Carolina

Age 52.
Died 02/03/2023.

Juli Keller McKinney
Juli Keller McKinney of Apex, NC passed away after a brief illness on February 3, 2023.

Juli was born on May 7, 1970, in Alexandria, VA. She attended St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA from kindergarten through high school. She then attended the University of Georgia where she double majored in Journalism and Child and Family Development. She was a four-year member of Sigma Kappa sorority, serving as President during her sophomore year.

After graduation she started an internship with The Nashville Network, later working full time for TNN for a couple years before moving to Dallas, TX where she met her husband, Michael. Shortly after marrying the couple moved to the Raleigh, NC area where they would remain eventually settling in Apex, NC.

Juli transitioned into human resources holding HRCI-PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Juli worked for several companies over the years before finding her work home at SoftwareONE in 2018 where she thrived, most recently serving as a Sr. HR Business Partner.

Juli was an avid reader, animal lover, loved the beach, and enjoyed traveling. She was a long-time member of Jordan Lutheran Church in Apex, NC. She and daughter Sarah were volunteers for the Wake County SPCA for the last eight years. She was also a volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation and volunteered for numerous other service/community projects through church and work.

Juli is survived by her husband Michael and daughter Sarah. Juli was predeceased by her father James Wellensiek Keller. She is survived by her mother Deborah Thatcher Keller of Cary, NC, sister Jacquelyn L. Keller of York, PA, her husband Ozzie, and son AJ, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is also survived by in-laws Farrell and Brenda McKinney of Statesville, NC, sister-in-law Suzanne McKinney Lowder of Advance, NC, her husband Mark and three sons Bryant, Andrew, and Collin, and brother-in-law Matt McKinney of Charlottesville, NC, his wife Ohk Soon, and their son Matthew.

A memorial service for Juli will be held on Saturday February 18th at 11:00 A.M. at Resurrection Lutheran Church 100 W. Lochmere Drive, Cary, NC 27518.

Should anyone wish to make a donation in Juli’s name in lieu of flowers please consider one of the organizations below which Juli has supported both financially and as a volunteer.

• The SPCA of Wake County
200 Petfinder Lane
Raleigh, NC 27603

• Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC
3809 Computer Dr., Unit 201
Raleigh, NC 27609

• Jordan Lutheran Church
1031 Pemberton Hill Road, Suite #202
Apex, NC 27502

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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Apples to Apples

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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.

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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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