On 28 May 1903, a further tragedy occurred when Mrs Cooper was found drowned in her bath at home in Lower Largo. The Courier reported her death the next day, when it was assumed that she had been seized by a fit. The report noted that she would be greatly missed in the district and that she left a young family. She was survived by her 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The children went to live with an aunt and uncle in Leith who had seven children of their own, two of which shared forenames with their orphaned cousins.