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Obituary: Helene von Trotha Plate, née Swallow

Helene von Trotha Plate, née Swallow, widow of Lawrence Lathrop Plate Sr., passed away in her sleep on Jan. 30, 2011, in Prescott, Ariz. Helene was born in Bishop, Calif., on April 27, 1910, daughter of former State of Nevada Attorney General Albert Heaton Swallow and a Colorado pioneer, Esther Daisy Thekla von Trotha.

She is survived by a son, Laurence Lathrop Plate Jr.; two grandsons, Thaddeus Walden Plate and Mathew Claude Plate; and two great-grandchildren, Makayla Elisabeth Plate and David Alexander Plate. She will join with her late husband in Sedona Cemetery on his 105th birthday (April 3).

Ruffner Wakelin Family Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Sign Helene's online guest book at

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