Occupation: Old Lady?

While looking for a 1902 death record for a patron last week, I came upon several entries that listed the subject’s occupation as “Old Lady.”  I tried to find a pattern in the records – was there a specific reason that they were labeled as Old Ladies?  The two women listed as Old Ladies were widows, but so were other women listed on the same page.  They were both older women at 82 years old, but other women on the same page were just as old or even older.  Some women did not have anything listed in the “Occupation” column.  Certainly no men were listed as “Old Men.”  So, why were just these two women listed as Old Ladies?  Perhaps just the whim of the County employee recording the death, and the culture of the turn of the century? 
 
Whatever the reason, it was the source of several conversations (and, we admit, a few laughs) here at the Archives.  Perhaps “Old Lady” is something to aspire to become when I get older.  Any ideas what that might entail?
 
Check out lines 6 and 9 below (Click to view as larger image!): 

Excerpt from Salt Lake County Death Records, 1902

Note on the historical records: Birth and death records appear in two formats, the ledger book (shown above) and the certificate.  The ledger format existed for these records until approximately 1909, when the certificate format took over.  If you receive a certified copy of a record from the Vital Records Office for a birth or death from the 1800s through circa 1909, the information from a ledger book will be taken and entered into a formal certificate by staff and then certified.  The Archives maintains birth records  and death records for Salt Lake County, in their original formats.    

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