Did Eliza purchase the tombstones herself when James Franklin died? Did one of the children? Maybe “Step-Mother” would have been aesthetically unbalanced, crowded, or simply inappropriate. Or maybe it was just a standard design for tombstones and thus no more should be read into the wording.
Maybe the word “Mother” says something about how she was regarded by the Jolletts. She was “A” mother even if not “THE” mother. The Jollett grandchildren certainly remembered her as warm and loving, although not as affectionate as their grandfather. She was the only GRANDmother the Jollett grandchildren ever knew.
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