Saturday funeral likely for Elizabeth Edwards

December 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (CNN) - Family and trusted friends are huddled together planning details for Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral.

One of them tells CNN the service will be in Chapel Hill, likely on Saturday.  The close and trusted family friend said that the former wife of 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards mapped out a lot of the details before her passing.

Edwards died on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with breast cancer.  She was 61 years old.

John Moylan worked with both Edwards in the husband’s White House bids in 2004, as a vice presidential nominee, and in 2008.  Amid the Edwards’ brushes with success - and scandal - Moylan remained close with the family.

In talking to CNN about a likely Saturday funeral, Moylan stressed there were not yet firm details.  He also said it’s not yet certain whether any reporters, including a TV crew, would be allowed inside the service.

Moylan was not inside the family home at the exact time of Elizabeth Edwards’ passing. He was there shortly after.  He described to CNN the mood in the house.

“I think there’s understandable sadness over Elizabeth’s death.  But I think it was a remarkable display of strength,” Moylan said.

“Elizabeth did a great job in preparing her children and her family for this day.”

Moylan also said that the Edwards’ two young children, Jack and Emma Claire, were sent to school on Tuesday - after their mother’s death - to maintain a sense of normalcy.

The couple had two other children: Cate, an adult, and Wade, who died in 1996 in a car accident.

Moylan said a photo of Wade was at Elizabeth Edwards’ bedside when she passed.  Though Moylan said it had long been there.

John Edwards was there in the final moments of his former wife’s life.

Moylan explained to CNN that the former presidential candidate is dealing with the loss - and what his focus is going forward.

“John is focusing all of his energy and attention on the children.  Which I think is the appropriate thing for him to be doing,” Moylan said.


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