08 December 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Funeral to be Open to the Public on Saturday

A public funeral for Elizabeth Edwards will be held on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina at 1 p.m. ET.

Representatives for the Edwards family confirmed that the service will be held at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, where the Edwards family worshiped. The funeral will be open to the public.

Edwards will then be buried at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery, also in Raleigh, according to office manager Sharon Freed. Freed also told CNN about the proximity of Edwards' burial to her son Wade – also buried there after dying in a 1996 car crash.

Edwards, diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago as her husband, former Sen. John Edwards, campaigned for the White House, died Tuesday at home in North Carolina surrounded by family, relatives said. She was 61.

Elizabeth Edwards died a day after she sent a final message to the public through Facebook.

"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," she said. "The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that."

The Edwards' reps stress that other details are being worked out, like whether or not to allow reporters inside, including a television camera.

A memorial website is now online as a tribute to Edwards.

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

The website states that the learning lab is a computer and learning center in Raleigh that provides services free of charge.

President Barack Obama talked to John Edwards and Catharine Tuesday afternoon, expressing condolences and saying he admired Elizabeth Edwards' advocacy for improving healthcare and fighting poverty.

"In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain," Obama said in a statement. "Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will remain a source of inspiration."

CNN contributed this reports.

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