What happened to Jem and Scout's mother?

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There is not much known about Jem and Scout’s mother in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In the first chapter of the book, Scout knows that her mother was a “Graham from Montgomery.” Through the children’s aunt the reader learns that the Graham family was considered to be well bred, which meant that by birth children were also. Atticus met her when he was newly elected to the state legislature. She was younger than Atticus by fifteen years, and she died of a heart attack when the children were young. Jem and Scout were six and two when Mrs. Finch died. Scout describes her lack of memories of her mother and how due to the fact she was so young, she never missed her. On the other hand, Jem would occasionally remember her and often go off by himself when he did.

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