OTTUMWA — A former Ottumwan will be one of three Iowans honored in a Rose Bowl parade float on Jan. 1.

The Donate Life Float will honor people who donated organs or tissues so that other people could live. Kayte Mosher of Ottumwa is one of them. Mosher died in 2012.

The 2009 OHS graduate left a remarkable legacy, including 287 bone grafts, 45 skin grafts and two heart valves. The donations helped hundreds of people, and led her sister, Heather Butterfield, to begin work with the Iowa Donor Network. Butterfield is now the network’s director of strategic communications.

Mike Nelson of Polk City and Doug Stewart of Muscatine will also be honored.

Members of the families of Moser, Nelson and Stewart will gather this Saturday at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to complete floragraphs of their loved ones. Those images will be part of the float on New Year’s Day, and the families will also participate in events with other float honorees in Pasadena.


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