Banning woman’s daughter to be honored in Rose Parade

Record Gazette | David James Heiss

Barbara Do Couto tells supporters about the life — and afterlife — of her daughter, Debra Botelho, and discusses the process used in the making of Botelho’s “floragraph” that will be used in the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade, during a ceremony at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in November.

The late Debra Botelho’s eyebrows consist of coffee grounds, as does her hair. Her lips are pure cinnamon, her pupils ground rice; her face is finished with farina.

The background for this giant brooch is comprised of cut dried mums.

Because Botelho’s body has provided tissue transplants for more than 50 people since she died at age of 35 in Jan. 2006, today, during the 2016 Rose Parade, her face will be one of 58 floragraphs that grace the Donate Life float as it makes its way down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.

Her mother, Barbara Do Couto, of Banning, helped decorate Donate Life’s float entry in Placentia, and worked on the floragraph.

Do Couto, who is an ambassador for Donate Life, was informed in July that her daughter’s visage would be among those selected for the float in 2016. Continue reading