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Donna Howard July 3, 1946 - July 30, 2022

It is with profound grief that we share the news that Donna Howard, our dear community mate and founder of the Olive Branch, has died. We are grateful for the life she lived, attentive to innumerable friendships she cultivated in Duluth and around the world, and to her determination to build more just and peaceful society through equal measure of kindness, persistence, and defiance. Our deep love and sympathy go out to her close friends and family, and in particular her sons Jason and Ben: it has been a blessing to share in the love and wisdom that your mother carried with her to everyone she met on her life journey. For the guests, volunteers, and alumni of Loaves and Fishes, Donna was a mentor, a dear friend, an adopted mother and grandmother, and our moral compass.


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