Elizabeth Edwards an amazing person, beautiful woman, beloved wife, caring mother, her memory lives in the hearts of those who knew her. Respect and admiration were among the feelings she left in you whenever you saw her. Follow us on a journey through the life, career and tragic death of this magnificent woman. Check out her photos, videos and share your thoughts with us.
Elizabeth Edwards was born Mary Elizabeth Anania on July 3, 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida. Her parents were Elizabeth and Vincent Anania. Her father was in the Navy, which caused Elizabeth to move from one country or state to another, something that she recalled as a very hard time in her younger years.
Even with all the moving she managed to get her High School diploma from Francis C. Hammond in Alexandria, Virginia. Later on she got into Mary Washington College followed by UNC (University of North Carolina) where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in English and her Juris Doctor from University of North Carolina’s School of Law. It was there that she also met her soon to be hubby John who would become North Carolina’s Senator and a potential Democratic vice president.
After dating for quite some time they decided to get married on July 30, 1977. The young couple relocated to Raleigh, where she worked at the Merriman, Nicholls, and Crampton law Firm. She had previously worked with Harwell Barr Martin & Sloan in Tennessee and before that as a law clerk. But another role in her life was becoming more important to her when she became a mother. Just two years after her marriage, Elizabeth (now Elizabeth Edwards) welcomed her first child–a boy she named Wade. Three years after she had a daughter named Cate, followed by Emma Claire in 1988. Two years after that in 2000, Little Jack came into their lives after Wade Edwards moved out. Elizabeth’s eldest son died in a car accident in 1996. It was after his death that she decided to have more children, and how Emma and Jack brought joy, laughter into their home.
Sadly for Elizabeth not all the bad news was over. In 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she went into cancer treatment, but the cancer reappeared in 2007. It had spread into her lungs, hip and liver. In 2008 her father Vincent died, his death left her devastated, but when she found out that her beloved husband cheated on her and that the woman he was unfaithful with had given birth to a child on 2010. She decided to file for divorce. After Wade’s death she created the Wade Edwards Foundation, she also wrote two books Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers on 2006 and Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities on 2009.
After years with cancer treatment, including experimental h anti-estrogen drugs, her doctors told her that further treatment would not do any good. She was in stage IV (metastatic breast cancer). On December 6th, 2010 Elizabeth decided that she was going to stop all of her Cancer treatments, having been told that she still would live for several weeks. But on December 7th, 2010 Elizabeth Edwards died in her home in Chapel Hill surrounded by her family, friend and even her husband. She was 61 years old.
News about her illness and her last days of life spread all over, including Elizabeth’s lasts words to her fans, friends and other family member posted on her Facebook account.
“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.” Elizabeth Edwards.
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