Per the gravestone placed for her in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery upon Red Top Mountain in Bartow County, Georgia, Nellie possibly died in childbirth. The same stone suggests the infant was buried with her. However, there is no mention of the baby in the obituary transcribed below.
Tribune-News (Cartersville, Georgia)
15 December 1921
MRS. NELLIE COTHRANOn one bright December day, just as the golden sun was rising at six o'clock and ten minutes, God sent a holy angel and called the dear companion of Mr. Ben Cothran home to God, where her rest will be forever in the arms of our dear Sabior. [sic]It seems so sad to give Nellie up in her sweet young life. She was ever ready to do anything or her fellow-man and a true worker for her Lord and Master.[Nellie and Ben] had been married one year and three months, and their married life was the happiest time of their lives.Weep not, dear ones, for Nellie, for she is waiting in heaven for you. Yes, we miss her in the morning; miss the bright and smiling face, peeping round our breakfast place. Then at noontime, Where's our darling, with sweet eyes so clear and blue? Yes, we look with sadness round us, but she's nowhere to be found.Twilight falls, and oh, how lonely, when the evening meal is set; thinking, talking of our darling, and we never can forget. Then the time we plan to meet her, on a happy, golden shore, Where the Father gives us promise we shall meet to part nomore. [sic]The funeral was held at Bethany church, where a large concourse of friends and relatives was gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the girl that every one who knew her loved. Rev. Mr. McCoy spoke the last farewell words, and the remains were laid to rest in Bethany graveyard. G. M. Jackson & Son were in charge of the funeral arrangements.The family extend their heartfelt thanks to the many friends for the kindness shown us during the sickness and death of our daughter.A SISTER AND NIECE.