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Elizabeth Edwards Funeral: Public Welcome

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards

Since she was so beloved by the public, it seems only right that Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral will be open to the public. The public funeral will be held on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina at 1 p.m. ET, CNN reports.

The public can also leave condolence messages and remembrances on the memorial web site. Guests are invited to share their stories. The web site says that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab, a computer and learning center in Raleigh that provides services free of charge.

Edwards will be buried in a private ceremony at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh beside her late son Wade, who died in a 1996 car crash.

Representatives for the Edwards family said that it is unclear whether reporters and cameras will be allowed inside the funeral.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. She was 61 and left behind three children, ages 28, 12 and 10.

A day before she died, Edwards send 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.”

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