Nancy Huston of Johnson City was 6 months-old at the time her mother died.
As an adult, she completed a respectful burial for her mom.
Huston's mom was just a teenager when she was murdered 40 years ago.
Shirley Jackson was stabbed just a month shy of her 16th birthday.
At her grave site in Utica, all that stood to recognize her was an orange traffic cone.
With the help of an Albany Crime Victims Assistance agency, a headstone was placed there today.
Huston's had to fight to get a change in the agency's policy.
It originally denied her request because too much time had past.
"I feel that Shirley was victimized more than one time in her little 15 years of life," Huston said. "And this is a victory not only for me or other victims but it's a victory for her."
She says she will visit her mother's grave site soon.
Huston hopes this story will make people more aware of youth violence.