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ASHLAND – Ursula (Cole) Hanciles, 64, of Ashland and formerly of New Haven CT, died, Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at her residence in Ashland with her family at her side.

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Theodora Modupe Cole.

Ursula honorably served in the Sierra Leone Army for over 20 years, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Ursula migrated to the United States in 1999 where she was determined to pave the way for her and her children. Against all odds, Ursula never wavered despite the adversity she faced.

Driven by her great belief in humanitarian efforts, Ursula decided to attend Bay Path University where she obtained her master’s degree in Philanthropy with hopes of being able to help others to the fullest of her abilities. She served on the Mission Board and the Board of Deaconesses at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, CT.

Ursula will be remembered for her selflessness as she embraced the matriarch role of the family. She always welcomed others into her home with open arms and set a great example for her children. She loved her family and above all enjoyed cooking for them.

Ursula leaves behind children, Claire, Cleophas and Chantelle Hanciles and granddaughter, Tianna Stephens. She is also survived by many extended family and loving friends.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral service on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 11 AM at Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham Centre.

Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Natick.

 The service will also be live streamed for those that prefer additional Covid precautions related to a public gathering.  For those in attendance, masks are of course required. To view the service live stream please log on to 

Visiting hours will be Thursday, March 3rd from 5-8PM at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St, Framingham.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ursula’s name can be made to charity of your choice, as Ursula had a love for helping others.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.