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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  • by laura Location: greenville on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    There are those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk. If you are able, and feel as strongly as we do that Elizabeth's children should not have to walk past hate speech to bury their mother, please plan on attending the service as a human buffer between the protesters and her family. Rides are being provided, see the Raleigh Craigslist "local news" section for a link to the site with details of where and when we'll be gathering. A mother's love and devotion to her children transcend politics, religion, the Constitution, boundaries, borders and time. She's not here to protect her babies anymore, and they'll need it Saturday. On Saturday, we'll do what any mother would do for another mother.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 03:31 AM
    sometimes in life marriages don't work, men cheat, women cheat, children are devastated, it is what you do to make it right and to help your children pull through life, the fact of life is that no one knows how love will turn out or end up, it's a shame that she was fighting cancer and he did this to her but who knows what it may have done to him, loosing a child can break a bond thicker than love any day, let the children have peace don't bash their father lets just hope he made things ok before his ex wife left this world lets hope in private he said I'm sorry for what I did to you Elizabeth, I'm truly sorry. He is all the children have now, he must live with the decisions he made, I hope they all can know that she is resting in peace at this time and any wrong was made right with Mr. Edwards. If she was such a great person great people forgive and see the wrong on both sides, its not always ones fault. To love is to never stop loving and forgiving is a part of loving.
  • by 40 Location: Jacksonville on Dec 8, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    Poor woman. To be married to a jerk and then get cancer. What luck.
  • by a Mom on Dec 8, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    I read her last book. Her sadness for the loss of her child broke my heart. I pray that Wade was at the gates of heaven to greet her. That creep did not deserve her. I hope her children have legal advisors to put him in the soup line.
  • by THE Voice on Dec 8, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    Whatever, flood. Don't worry. There are more of us out here, and we do not care in the least for your sniveling. If the word "troll" is the best you can come up with, I have nothing to be worried about.
  • by Me on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    GOD be with her family during this difficult time. Republican or Democrat she was a woman who handled her battle with courage and class.
  • by The flood on Dec 8, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    Once again no substance. Once again you fall back on the tired old excuse of free speech. You post nonsense in order to rile people up and hurt feelings. You are a troll. Such a massive troll that I shouldn't even respond to you. Most websites will ban a troll. Your free speech is not abridged by this site refusing to post your comments. You and your comments are garbage. You should have your PRIVILEGE to post revoked. I am no pope and it has nothing to do with faith. I am just appealing to the powers that be to remove your useless, thoughtless, ignorant and offensive presence troll.
  • by THE Voice on Dec 8, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    I would like to address first the comment posted by the redneck at 4:53PM. Apparently, you speak for the majority on this page. I do not take orders from anyone...get MY drift? Flood, you are the self anointed pope of this web site. Apparently, you are advocating censorship and denying it to anyone who is not praying to the spooky father figure in the sky for the family of the so-ordained Grande Dame of North Carolina. Personally, I did not know the woman or her family. My condolences to her family. She was a very courageous lady who fought more than cancer. Respect is a two way street, my hypocritical, so-called "christians". Simply put, if you do not like the comments on this page, do not read them.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Data Man, isnt John Edwards one of those rich, white, people you hate so much? or is he not as bad because he is a rich, white, Democrat?
  • by To The Voice Location: Beaufort County NC on Dec 8, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    Zip it..Get our drift? So called or not it is out of RESPECT of which you have NONE!!

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