Arrangements For Elizabeth Edwards Announced

President Barack Obama says he and his wife Michelle were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Elizabeth Edwards.

Obama issued a statement Tuesday calling her a "tenacious advocate" for health care reform and fighting poverty. He said the entire country has benefited from the voice she gave to such causes.

Obama noted that he came to know and admire Elizabeth during the 2008 presidential campaign. Her estranged husband, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, was defeated by Obama in the Democratic nomination process.

The president said he had spoken to John Edwards and their daughter Cate in the afternoon.

The funeral for Edwards will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St. in Raleigh.

A private burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where Edwards will be buried next to her eldest son who died 14 years ago in a traffic accident.

Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has lost one of its smartest and most resilient women.

Former campaign aide Joe Trippi is recalling how Edwards lived every day with all the energy and grit that she could. He says that serves as a lesson for everyone.

Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says Edwards was a passionate advocate and that her legacy should serve as an inspiration.

He says she faced every challenge with courage, poise and grace. Burr currently serves in the seat previously by Edwards' estranged husband, John Edwards.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Elizabeth Edwards has died after a six-year fight with cancer. She was 61.

The estranged wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards died in North Carolina this morning. A family friend says Edwards died at 10:15 a.m.

A family statement says, "Today we have lost the comfort of
Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family."

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, in the final days of her husband's vice presidential campaign. The family yesterday said doctors had advised that further cancer treatment would be unproductive.

The family is asking that donations be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab. He was the Edwards' teenage son who died in a car accident.

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Statement of the Edwards Family

Elizabeth Anania Edwards, mother, author, advocate died today at her home in Chapel Hill, surrounded 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.

On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab.

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Elizabeth Edwards is seriously ill and doctors say further treatment for her cancer would be unproductive.

The family issued a statement Monday that revealed her doctors' diagnosis. It said she is resting at home with family and friends.

The wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards posted on her Facebook page that she can't express the love and gratitude she feels to those who've supported and inspired her. She wrote "the days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered."

The 61-year-old Elizabeth Edwards separated from her husband after he admitted to an extramarital affair. She has battled breast cancer since 2004.

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Family Statement

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 and has posted this message to friends on her Facebook page.

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 days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world,
the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious.

And for that I am grateful. 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.

With love,

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