Your message reminded me to go ahead and order a death verification letter from the state of Texas first to see if they even have her death record on file at the state level. The county clerk's office told me that I need to do this before I can apply for a delayed death certificate. I guess once the state checks and finds no record, then I can get something formally done to record her death.
I really feel like something was filed somewhere because Social Security was informed of her death. She was listed on the SSDI. Her social security number was on the funeral home information so maybe THEY informed the Social Security office but missed the county office. This funeral home is now out of business.
I know...all of this is rather weird!
Apparently, some folks must slip through the records crack, even if they die in 'modern times'. This case is a good reminder to go ahead and get the more recent death certificates, if you are the family genealogist. You just never know!
If I ever figure this out, I'll respond back to the board about what happened.
Thanks so much for your help,