For 75 minutes yesterday, Elizabeth Edwards, who died this week at age 61, was eulogized as smart, funny, authentic, outspoken and always optimistic.
Above all, she was passionate and a fierce lover of her family.
“She would do anything in the world to protect all of us, no matter the personal cost was to her,” said her daughter Cate Edwards, eulogizing Elizabeth.
The late Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010).
"She has been a light house to all of us. She's always been that source of light to us. Every lesson she has taught us has become part of our ethic."
Her estranged husband, former Sen. John Edwards, joined more than 1,200 mourners at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Edenton, N.C.
The political wife, lawyer and author's close friend Hargrave McElroy and former UNC Law School classmate Glenn Bergenfield also spoke Saturday.
Unfortunately, the public memorial was not without controversy.