In the month of August, Mother Elena was struck by intestinal paralysis and began to decline slowly.  She had a smile for all and much concern for the health of her daughters.  But forgetting about herself, she continued to recommend to them mutual charity and zeal for souls, then, seeing them cry because of the worsening of her condition, asked with maternal tenderness: “Why are you crying?  Death is a gift from God, only this allows us to rejoice with Him in paradise and I go before you.  Observe the rules and do what you can do for the good of the girls especially the poor ones.  Always choose the last place on earth and you will have the first in heaven”.