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First she needs to contact the local social security to report his death and stop the benefits otherwise she will need to pay them back.
At the same time she can apply for the one time $255 death benefits and check if she may be eligible for widows benefits if she is at least 60 and her benefits are less than his were.
What do you mean doing it in person? It is an online forum, we cannot meet you in person.
Unfortunately she cannot keep his benefits and when the social security eventually finds out, she will have to repay it all. The best thing is to make an appointment at her local social security office for discussing her options. Depending on her age she may be eligible for higher widows benefits but only social security agent can access her and his records. She will need marriage certificate and his death certificate and her ID.