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If she wait until her full retirement to apply for her benefits, she will actually have a choice to apply for "restricted" spousal only benefits (50% of your benefits) and let her own benefits grow by another 8% OR take her own benefits (100% based on her own records). Because she was born before 1953, she still have this choice.
At 70 SSA will automatically switch her to the highest benefits available to her: her own, spousal or surviving.