Emmeline Wells, aged ninety, had served as General President of the Relief Society when Heber J. Grant took office as Church President. When he suggested she be released, she responded that it would kill her. The President left her in office but three years later, when she became ill, he approached her again. Knowing that all previous leaders, except Emma Smith, had died in office, Emmeline felt humiliated but her attempts to prove her abilities were to no avail. President Grant was kind but firm. As he left her home, Emmeline started up the staircase. At the top she suffered a stroke and fell unconscious. For three weeks she lay in a coma before passing away on 25 April 1921.
Cannon & Whitaker, p. 336.