Elizabeth Edwards died yesterday after her six-year battle with cancer. A spokesperson from the Brown-Wynne funeral home in Raleigh, North Carolina said there would be no public visitation at the United Methodist Church.
Edwards, 61, will be buried in a private ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery alongside Wade, her teenage son who was killed in a car accident.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago while campaigning for her husband, Senator John Edwards, as he ran for president. She continued to battle her cancer as she learned that her husband had been unfaithful and fathered a child with videographer Rielle Hunter. The couple did separate, but never officially divorced.
Edwards wrote letters to her children with advice on everything from picking a spouse -- to picking a church.
It is reported she wanted all the Christmas decorations to be up in their Chapel Hill home as she knew the end was near.
She died yesterday at her home in North Carolina surrounded by her siblings, friends, three children -- and even her estranged husband, John Edwards. "John is focusing all of his energy and attention on the children, which I think is the appropriate thing for him to be doing," said family friend John Moylan.
Barack Obama reportedly spoke with John Edwards and her daughter, Catherine, yesterday and made this statement:
"In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will remain a source of inspiration."
The Brown-Wynne funeral home says the funeral services for Elizabeth Edwards will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, December 11 at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church with a private graveside service to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
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