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Originally posted 09/23/2011 08:00PM
Cate Edwards is getting ready to walk down the aisle and though her late mother, Elizabeth, won't be there for the ceremony, the bride-to-be says she'll be in her thoughts.
"We got engaged shortly before she passed away, and we got a chance to really talk about what the wedding would be like," Edwards tells Andrea Mitchell in an NBC News report.
"[My mom] was so happy because she loves my fiancé [Trevor Upham]," she says, "and knew that I was on this path that she was happy with and comfortable with."
As for the ceremony, Cate, 29, says, "We talked a lot about the wedding and little details, and I'll obviously be thinking about her a lot that day."
Originally posted 06/03/2011 03:10PM
A federal grand jury has charged John Edwards with breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter while he was running for president in 2008.
He was indicted Friday in North Carolina on six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.
Edwards arrived Friday at the federal courthouse Winston-Salem, N.C., with his daughter Cate for his initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Patrick Auld. Edwards pleaded not guilty.
Originally posted 01/06/2011 04:10PM
A week before her death, Elizabeth Edwards filed a will.
She lists her worldly possessions – "furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles" – and says it'll all be divided among her three children.
Absent in the document dated Dec. 1 was any mention of her estranged husband John Edwards, 57, although he is still living in their home.
John admitted he had an affair in 2006 while Elizabeth's breast cancer was in remission and that he had fathered a child.
Originally posted 12/11/2010 12:00AM
In the days before Elizabeth Edwards's doctors told her further cancer treatment was futile, daughter Cate gave her mother the happiest news: She was engaged to longtime sweetheart Trevor Upham.
Originally posted 12/10/2010 08:05AM
Elizabeth Edwards left behind not only her three children, but a grieving former nanny who says Edwards was like a mom to her, too.
"I lived with them for a lot of years every single day," Heather North, a nanny for the Edwards family for five years, tells Boston's WHDH. "She's my second mother. She helped shape the person that I am. We love her dearly. She is an amazing woman."
North was hired to care for the family's two youngest children, Emma Claire and Jack, and was with Edwards in Boston when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Edwards died Tuesday at 61 after a six-year battle with the disease.
Originally posted 12/08/2010 04:05PM
The funeral for Elizabeth Edwards, who died Tuesday at age 61 after a six-year battle with breast cancer, will be held Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.
The service will be open to the public, a family spokesman tells PEOPLE, and will take place at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m.
The church is the same one where the funeral for Edwards's son Wade was held when he died. Edwards will be buried beside her son in the nearby Oakwood Cemetery.
In the wake of her passing after a long struggle, family and friends have launched elizabeth-edwards.org, where people can leave stories, share their thoughts, and find out more information about arrangements as details are made available.
– Sara Hammel
Originally posted 12/08/2010 08:05AM
Two months ago, Elizabeth Edwards was laboring to climb the stairs of the old colonial house she had recently bought in Chapel Hill, N.C., for herself and her youngest two children. Separated from husband John since January, she looked forward to making a fresh start come springtime in this new home.
But even as she daydreamed on this sunny October day, Edwards, 61, gasped for breath with tears in her eyes and cursed her chemo.
"Damn these drugs," she cried. "Damn cancer."
Originally posted 12/07/2010 05:05PM
Elizabeth Edwards – a political wife whose personal dramas, including her husband's infidelity and her six-year battle against breast cancer, were played out on a public stage – died from the disease Tuesday. She was 61.
"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family," the Edwards family says in a statement. "We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life."
She died at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., surrounded by her family.
"On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way," the statement adds. "Your support and prayers touched our entire family."
Originally posted 12/06/2010 03:55PM
Elizabeth Edwards's cancer fight has taken a turn for the worse, with the disease spreading to her liver and doctors recommending against additional treatment.
"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 Edwards family says in a statement to PEOPLE.
On Monday, Edwards, 61, posted a Facebook message to her friends.
Originally posted 06/30/2010 09:15AM
Though they've never met, Elizabeth Edwards says she is inspired by Sandra Bullock's story and can relate to the actress's struggle to deal with a very public breakdown of a marriage with dignity and grace.
Asked in a Today show interview Wednesday whether she's bitter about the end of her marriage to John Edwards, Elizabeth said the hardest part now is being defined simply as a cuckolded wife.
"I think about Sandra Bullock, who I don't know at all, but what an incredible year she's had," Edwards said. "She won the Academy Award for an incredible performance … and yet the stories you hear are not about all of those great successes but about the failure of her marriage. And I thought, that's not who she is."
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