Although The Hiding Place does not elaborate on all of the circumstances surrounding the death of Corrie ten Boom's mother, it does provide clues. In chapter four of the novel, it is 1918, and Corrie's mom is peeling potatoes in the kitchen. Corrie hears her mother cry out and catches her before she collapses of what is called in the novel a brain hemorrhage but may have been a stroke. Corrie's mom lies in a coma for two months but slowly recovers part of her mobility, although she never regains her speech. Her family communicates with her through a series of questions.
In 1921, Corrie's mother watches her daughter Nollie get married and is able to sing her favorite hymn, which the family sees as a gift from God. Corrie's mom dies in her sleep in 1921, about four weeks after Nollie's wedding. It is presumed she died of another hemorrhage or stroke, but again, the book does not elaborate.