Choosing an obit photo

How do you choose a obituary photo for someone who is 80 and had been ill for quite some time? Mom often asked me to take pictures of her so that there would be good options. But when the time comes, do you choose a recent one, or one that goes back a few years? In the end we went with a photo from before she was sick, and was active and involved in things like the Garden Club and Tai Chi, so that people who knew her then would recognize her. And the candidates were (click any photo for gallery with captions):

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