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Blood vs. marriage
User logged in as JanEl
I don't know ... it's confusing, because in another article, Wikipedia referred to Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Kohary) as the *mother-in-law* of Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, despite the fact that she died young (in 1857, aged 35) -- before any of her children married. So I see a complication, here, since Winifred Wagner is referred to simply as the wife of Siegfried -- not daughter-in-law of Richard (although she most certainly was Cosima's daughter-in-law).
Another complication is if the spouse dies, especially if the person remarries. Interestingly enough, the composer Giuseppe Verdi continued referring to Antonio Barezzi (whose daughter Margherita he had been briefly married to) as his *father-in-law*, even after his wife's death. He remarried many years later, with Giuseppe Strepponi, when Barezzi was still living. One presumes that he no longer referred to the older man thus ...
In fact, I've heard of the expression "former mother-in-law", applicable to persons who have been widowed or divorced.