The husband obviously died since she was listed as a widow. She had obviously previously been married since only previously married people whose husband/wife died have that title.
As for the mother (widow) part, the makers of the cd put the civil status (married, unmarried, widowed, etc.) in the parenthesis. That does not mean that the word before the ( ) is equivalent to the word inside the ( ).
I looked up a record for one set of years. I suppose he died after that record, but I didn't look it up for you.
Karin was his wife. Perhaps you didn't notice this information posted in my first reply. ***************** I found the family in the Brålanda household examination record for 1876-1880.
former miller Joel Johannesson, born 1 of an unreadable month 1848 in Högsäter parish, married 15 May 1875, came in from page 427, went out to an unreadable location 23???????? December 1878, certificate number 57
wife Karin Karlsdotter, born 1842 in Brålanda
illegitimate Anna Beata, born 24 October 1866 in Brålanda
Alfred, born 14 October 1875 in Brålanda
Hilma, born 21 November 1877 in Brålanda
They are all crossed out but I can't read the location to which they moved. ******************************* I suppose she had to live somewhere once her husband died and lodged somewhere, but since I haven't done further research, I don't know exactly when he died or exactly where she lived.
She was listed as his wife when he was still alive. Then in the 1880 census (information extracted from the household examination record at the very end of 1880), she was listed as a widow (so he must have died between December 1878 when the record I transcribed showed he left for an unreadable place and the end of 1880. I do not see any conflict. A lot could have happened between December 1878 and the end of 1880. There was certainly time enough for her husband to die in the slightly more than two year time period. Find where they moved and the death date for the husband will be listed.)
The answers are in the parish records which are online, for a fee, and I don't want to guess. I also don't have time to do further research for you. Try posting on the Sweden forum. Type Sweden in the "Jump to Forum" space at the top right of this page, and post the url of this thread so that people know what has been found so far. Maybe someone can figure out where they moved so they can check the very next record for this family.
Swedish records "tell it like it is". If someone is married, the record says they are married. If someone is widowed, the record says they are widowed. If someone has illegitimate children, the record says they are illegitimate. (Priests kept detailed records.) Only one of her children was listed as illegitimate, so the others must have been born within marriage. You can look up their birth records online (for a fee) to see if they were listed as legitimate or illegitimate, but I'm sure that all except the first were born within marriage because the record didn't call the others illegitimate. You can look up their marriage record. You can look up the death record of her husband. It takes time but it is readily available. There is no need to guess.