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Donna Jean Golly, of Braham, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge.  She was 83 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Julie Beck officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be at the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.

To honor Donna, please bring a new pair of socks to donate to Donna’s favorite charity.

Donna Golly, age 83, of Braham, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge MN.

Donna Jean was born on June 26, 1936 to Agnes Olson in Cambridge, Minnesota. She attended school at West Riverside Country School, now a historic site, and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1954. Donna married Darell Steven Golly on July 21, 1956. She and Darell then settled down to raise their growing family on a farm near Braham.

Donna had a lifelong passion for serving others by volunteering her time with the Salvation Army and Tusen Tack, helping distribute food at several food shelves, leading a 4-H club for over 35 years, teaching Sunday school and nursery caregiver, and collecting for Caring and Sharing Hands. She worked in food service in many capacities and brought that love of food into her home with her many recipes that became family favorites.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband Darell, mother Agnes, and son John.

Donna is survived by her children, Randy (Joann) Golly, Deb (James) Shockman, Lois (Kenneth) O’Brien, D.J. (Christy) Golly, Kathy (Dave) Tomlinson; daughter-in-law Linda Golly; brother-in-law Wayne (Marlys) Golly; sister-in-law Margie Gries; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

13 thoughts on “DONNA J. GOLLY”

  1. A wonderful person who helped often in our Spirit River Community Matthew 25 food distribution in Isanti Minnesota. Her hugs, smiling face and warm personality will be missed. Rest In Peace good friend❤️

  2. Donna always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Always on the go and filling hungry tummies. Donna made the world a better place.

  3. My sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear sweet mother!! Will miss her sweet smiling happy face. She was always so upbeat and loved everybody!! Worked with her year from 4-H clubs to Tusen Tack. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.Love, Marie

  4. I ran into Donna over the years…going back 50 years. Starting with my 1st job out of high school and ending with both of us as we worked at our community food shelves. Never heard a bad word about Donna. Always joyful with a happiness that was contagious. RIP sweet Donna.

  5. Donna was a wonderful lady. I met her and Darrell 2 years ago and we became so close.My condolences and sympathy for the loss of your Mother. Everyone around her will miss her wisdom, loving and caring for all the people around her. Her family was so Blessed to have such a Great person.
    I will miss her Greatly.

  6. Dear Golly Family. I was sorry to read about the loss of Donna. She and Darrell were great friends of my parents, Roy & Alice Panser of North Branch. As a child, I visited them many times with my parents. Yes, her great laugh and smile will be remembered. I have often wondered about them. Once I tried to find their house to drop in, and I know I would have been welcomed. Some of her children might remember me, especially Randy and Debbie. I wanted you to know people as special as your mom and dad are never forgotten. Sincere sympathies.

  7. To the Golly family: Sympathy to you and all the family. We met Donna at our Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution several years ago. She was always willing to help wherever needed. Her smile was contagious as she always cheered up everyone. I found out by reading the paper as we have been gone for a while in the winter. Hadn’t seen her for some time, like years, we all missed her coming even if she could only help for a short while. God Bless to all.

  8. So sorry for the loss of your mother. Donna was a joy and a light in this world! She will be certainly missed alot.

  9. I will always remember Donna for her great smile, warm hugs, and always a positive word to start off a conversation. I always made sure when I went to the Kanabec County Fair that I went to the 4-H building for a meal.
    How can you not smile back to someone who had a warm personality like hers. Our deepest sympathies to her family for their loss.

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