What does Mrs on a 1747 burial record mean?

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The burial record for Rebecca Harington on 1 April 1747 at Corston, Somerset says "April 1st Mrs Rebecca Harington was buried".  This is the only use of Mrs as a title on this page of the register.  All other burials of women refer to them as wife of X or daughter of X.

Rebecca's father was dead and she does not appear to have married. Rebecca was between 79 and 82 years old when buried. Is that enough to have caused the unusual entry?   In 1675 did Mrs mean married or .
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In that era, Mrs could be used for any woman of independent means who didn't have to work for a living.

Sometimes, men made enough to retire on, or at least semi-retire, and then called themselves Mr.  Sometimes they never did stop work, but they left their widows enough to be Mrs on.

Spinsters could also be Mrs if they had property or a private income.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (567k points)
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Most likely indicating that she was still a spinster when she died. If she had been married then she the norm would be to state that she was wife, widow or relict of her husband.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (630k points)

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