Denise Underhill was doing housework at her American home when she felt an urge to speak to her mother, Beryl Turton, who passed away 18 months ago.
However, knowing that was impossible, she decided to search for her old home in Tamworth, Staffordshire, via the search engine's satellite facility to see if the new owners had changed it at all.
Instead, Ms Underhill was left delighted to see her mother still on Google Street View pottering around the front garden - a particularly fitting image as it was something she did regularly.
The shocked daughter told the Tamworth Herald: 'As I went about my housework, I somehow instantaneously had the impulse to call my mother but realising that it was completely out of the question.
'I decided to Google Earth my mother's home to see how it looked, considering, since she had passed away in 2015 and the property had been sold.
'I got the BIGGEST surprise EVER! I just couldn't believe it. At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did.
'I was absolutely astounded – it made my day. You never know what photos are being taken but they really do last a lifetime. I think someone wanted me to see this.'