I think this photo was post-mortem. Her hand at the neckline of her dress doesn't seem to be in a natural position, and her eyes seem distant. The hand on the stool could well have been used to help prop her up. Her hair gives an appearance of having been neglected, perhaps due to illness.
A large, gelatin silver print dating from the 1930's showing a sizeable group of mourners assembled around a coffin on the steps of a clapboard house. A Roman Catholic priest stands at the head of the coffin, and four altar boys, one with a thurible and one with an aspergillum, are lined up at the front of the group.