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Ursula S. Dennehy

December 12, 2023

Ursula Dennehy Obituary

Ursula Sanderson Dennehy was born in Trinidad and Tobago WI on: July 15, 1921 to Stephen and Angelina Sanderson.

She attended Mucurapo West Secondary School for girls in Trinidad.

In her early years she worked on a Naval base in Trinidad as a house governess. Ursula was a caring and compassionate soul. She also worked on a private island providing care for individuals with leprosy.

At a young age Ursula married Mr. Patrick Dennehy. After separating she moved to the United States in the early 1960’s.

Her first stop in the United States was Rhode Island. She spent 4 years there with the Welling’s, the Naval family that helped to get her to and remain in the U.S. She then moved to Washington, District of Columbia, which would become her permanent home.

She arrived in D.C. weathering the riots of 1968. She and her two nieces Pearl and Ingrid, lived in the very same neighborhood police and rioters clashed.

She began her 20-year career tenure at Georgetown University Hospital (what year) where she served in many roles. She would later be joined by family members like Joan, Cynthia, Delyse, and friends Ursula Charles, and best friend Evelyn Roberts.  She officially retired as an Operating Room Technician in the year 1983.

Ursula was a missionary at heart as she ensured that her siblings and a host of other relatives and friends successfully migrated to the U.S. She paved ways to housing, jobs and various opportunities.  She was a pathfinder to all of us!

Ursula proudly served as a member of the Catholic Daughters prior to and during her retirement years.

Ursula enjoyed the finer things in life as she loved to shop. Many of her family modeled her fashion style.

Some of her favorite pastimes included but were not limited to: taking part in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival festivities like playing mass and attending stage shows at the calypso tent. She also enjoyed traveling. Some of her most memorable trips included Hawaii, Rome (Italy), Jamaica and the Virgin Islands.  Let’s not forget shopping! One more thing - she considered herself the ALL 4’s Queen! She wreaked havoc on those card tables.

Ursula was preceded in death by her siblings: Olga Chancellor, Marian Mayhew, Bartholomew (Elred) Sanderson and Jonas Sanderson. Also, her best friend, Evelyn Roberts.

Ursula did not have biological children; however, she had an abundance of children through Christ who affectionately called her Tantie or Auntie Ursula. She had a wealth of nieces and nephews. She preceded the following: Pearl Greenidge, Yvonne Lysaith, Kenrick Chancellor, Errol Sanderson, Errington Sanderson, Angela Sanderson, Janet Sanderson, Michael Mayhew, Andrew McDonald, CheryAnn Sanderson, Janice Sanderson, Morrison Sanderson, and Pernell Sanderson. Goddaughter, Marcia

Nieces and nephews who preceded her: Ingrid Greenidge (deceased), Cyril Sanderson (deceased), Hugo Chancellor (deceased), Allan Chancellor (deceased), Mervin Chancellor (deceased), Leslie Chancellor (deceased), Dennis Chancellor (deceased), Joan Sanderson, Jean Sanderson (deceased), Vincent Sanderson (deceased), Rudolph Mayhew, and Kenneth Mayhew.

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December 29, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Church of the Nativity
6001 - 13th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011

Mass of Christian Burial
December 29, 2023

11:00 AM
The Church of the Nativity
6001 - 13th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011

Interment following Mass of Christian Burial
December 29, 2023

Gate of Heaven Cemetery
13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906


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