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Saturday
Dec112010

Elizabeth Edwards Remembered at Funeral Service

Photo Courtesy - AmericanProgress [dot] org(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Funeral services were held Saturday in Raleigh for Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former senator and former presidential candidate John Edwards.

"When she could barely speak anymore," Edwards' daughter, Cate, said in a eulogy to her mother, "my dad and I sat at her bedside and held each of her hands and she just kept looking at us back and forth, saying, 'I'm okay. I'm okay.'"

The 61-year-old Edwards died this this week after a recurrence of breast cancer that had spread.  She was admired and respected for a quiet, calm demeanor in the face of many challenges including the death of her son Wade at 16, her husband's widely reported infidelity that led to the birth of an illegitimate child, and her courageous fight against cancer.

Cate Edwards, 28, shared part of a letter her mother wrote to her three living children before she died.

“For all I have said about life,” Elizabeth Edwards wrote, “I want to you to know that all I ever really needed was you … your love, your presence, to make my life complete.

Eulogies were also delivered by Edwards' longtime friends Hargrave McElroy and Glenn Bergenfield. John Edwards did not speak at the proceedings.

The service was attended by a number of political heavyweights, including Sen. John Kerry, with whom Edwards' husband shared the Democratic presidential ticket in 2004, and Vicki Kennedy, wife of late Sen. Ted Kennedy. North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and Sen. Kay Hagan were also expected to attend.

Elizabeth Edwards was an attorney but she and her lawyer husband both quit practicing law 14 years ago, upon the death of their teenage son in a car accident.  They turned their attention to politics and public service.

Services were held at the Edenton United Methodist Church, where Edwards turned for support after her son's death.

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Wednesday
Dec082010

Elizabeth Edwards Dies After Long Battle with Cancer

Photo Courtesy - AmericanProgress [dot] org(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- After a six-year battle with breast cancer, Elizabeth Edwards succumbed to the disease Tuesday morning at age 61.

"Elizabeth Anania Edwards, mother, author, advocate, died today at her home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by her family," said a statement released Tuesday by her family. "Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family."

"We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life," the statement read.

Earlier this week it was announced that Edwards, who had been admitted and then released from the hospital over Thanksgiving, had stopped all cancer treatment.

Edwards, who was estranged from her husband, one-time presidential hopeful John Edwards, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. A close friend of the Edwards family told ABC News that John Edwards was among those who were at her side during her final days.

Edwards’ cancer returned in 2007, when her husband was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. The stage-four cancer was deemed incurable and within a year, Edwards was fighting another battle.

In January, the couple separated after 30 years of marriage when John admitted he had fathered a daughter with filmmaker Rielle Hunter.

Born Mary Elizabeth Anania, Elizabeth Edwards grew up in Virginia as the daughter of a Navy pilot. She initially planned to teach literature, but ultimately pursued a law degree at the University of North Carolina, where she met John.

The couple had four children. Their oldest, Wade, was killed in an automobile accident in 1996 at the age of 16.

In recent years, Elizabeth authored two best-selling books and became a champion of causes involving poverty and cancer.

But always, she said, her children were her top priority: 28-year-old Cate, 12-year-old Emma Claire and 10-year-old Jack.

In her 2009 book, Resilience, Edwards wrote that she hoped to live long enough to see her three children graduate from school and, hopefully, have a grandchild. "Eight years," she wrote. "That's all I ask for...I want to walk them to the door of the next part of their lives."

Edwards' death has prompted several prominent political heads and friends to offer praise of her life and condolences to the Edwards family.

"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards," President Obama said in a written statement.  "Through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends," he added.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Elizabeth Edwards "made her mark on America, and she will not be forgotten."

A source close to the family has said that a funeral for Edwards will likely take place Friday or Saturday.

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Monday
Dec062010

'Further Treatment' Would Be 'Unproductive,' Say Elizabeth Edwards' Doctors

Photo Courtesy - AmericanPress dot org(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- A written statement Monday made public the current status of Elizabeth Edwards' six-year battle with cancer.

"Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive.  She is resting at home with family and friends...." the statement read.

On her Facebook page, Edwards spoke out about sustaining through "difficult times," and thanked those who have continued to support her.

"You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces -- my family, my friends and a faith in the power of resilience and hope.  These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.  The day of our lives, for all of us, are numbered.  We know that,"  Edwards stated on her Facebook profile. "It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day.  To you I simply say:  you know," she added.

In recent years, Elizabeth Edwards has endured her illness alongside media reports about her ex-husband John Edwards' affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter, which ultimately produced a daughter, Quinn.

After her husband's public admission in August 2008 that he had fathered a child with Hunter, Elizabeth Edwards filed for legal separation from John Edwards. 

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Wednesday
Oct062010

Feds Issue New Subpoenas in John Edwards' Sex Scandal Investigation

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- An investigation into whether John Edwards illegally funneled funds from his presidential campaign to cover up an affair with a staffer who bore his love child intensified this week, as federal investigators subpoenaed a host of new witnesses to appear before a grand jury, sources close to the investigation say.

The grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina has been investigating Edwards, accused of providing a love nest for mistress Rielle Hunter for over a year.

At the conclusion of an initial investigation into whether Edwards used contributions to hide away Hunter and staffer Andrew Young, Justice Department officials in Washington instructed local investigators to keep digging, interviewing more people to find out exactly who donated money, sources told ABC News affiliate WTVD-TV.

The new subpoenas were directed at witnesses with knowledge of the money, sources said.

The panel meets on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month, but its schedule is sealed. Neither investigators nor Edwards' attorney knew if the jury would hear testimony in the case this week.

If the panel chooses to indict Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate would be charged with a crime and could be brought to trial.

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