I know you kind of wanted to go the combo route, but if her VCR is in decent working condition and she wants the most idiot prof way I'd suggest the tunerless Panasonic EA-18(or tunered EZ-28 if she needed a tuner) along with her existing VCR.
Since she already knows how to use her VCR that will eliminate learning the VHS side. AFA DVD burning, with her VCR line outputs going to the EA-18s line inputs and the EA-18 line output going to her TV(it would complicate things a little if her TV only had RF inputs) all she'd have to do to copy a VHS is push PLAY on her VCR, REC on the DVDR(leave it set to SP/2hr speed) and walk away. 2+ hrs later all she'd need to do is push eject on DVDR, where she'd be prompted to push REC to finalize DVD, and finally a couple minutes later she'd have a 2hr finalized DVD. Note it might?? be possible to set the EZ-18/28 up to automatically finalize the DVD once it's filled up, if so that would be one less step for her.
Anything new would be recorded directly to DVD(by the tuner in the EZ-28 or from a cable/sat. box with the EA-18).
A real advantage to keeping her existing VCR is one, she already knows how to use it and 2 her tapes will track better using the VCR that actually recorded her programs. Since she used SP(I applaud her on that) tracking won't be as big of a issue than people that used SLP, but it's almost always better to use the actual VCR that recorded the tapes. While the EZ-48v sounds like the easiest solution, the best way I've heard the the EZ-48v described is a diva
, if one is looking for simplicity in life a diva
is probably not the way to go
Note if her tapes are 2+ hrs. she could use FR set to the exact length of the tapes. It would add a little to the complexity but would be better than dropping down to LP(4hrs/disc). Panasonics don't have a inbetween
speed like the Funai DVDRs mentioned, not sure about the Toshiba or JVC.