More than 1,000 family members and friends gathered Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina to honor the life of Elizabeth Edwards. The 61-year-old mother of four and estranged wife of former U.S. senator and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a long battle with breast cancer. Edwards was a strong and vocal ally of gay rights and bravely faced her husband's very public infidelity in the last years of her life.
Her estranged husband did not speak did not speak at the funeral but their oldest daughter, 28-year-old Cate, delivered the eulogy, reports WRAL. "She could bring out the brave in anyone. She brought it out in all of us," Cate Edwards said. "All of the grace and strength she showed during her whole life will hold us up in the days ahead."
Those in attendance included U.S. Sens. John Kerry and Kay Hagan; North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue; Iowa First Lady Mary Culver; former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and Vicki Kennedy, the wife of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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