How Did Andy Taylor Become a Widower Was He a Widower before the 1st Episode?
During the Danny Thomas show where the world was introduced to Andy Taylor, it is mentioned that Opie lost his mother when he was a baby. It was never disclosed in any of the 249 episodes of the Andy Griffith show exactly how she died.
A widow is a woman whose spouse has died, while a widower is a man whose spouse has died. The state of having lost one's spouse to death is termed widowhood. This term can be used for either sex, at least...