The news just came across that Elizabeth Edwards has died of cancer.
The estranged wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards died in North Carolina Tuesday. It was only yesterday the family had issued a statement saying doctors told Edwards that further treatment for her cancer would be unproductive. She spent her last days at home in North Carolina with family and friends gathered.
She was graceful and tough-as-nails until the end.
When I met her in Marks, Mississippi a few years ago, she was on the campaign trail with John — a strong, energetic, forceful figure, who was as much a part of the intellectual team as anyone.
Make no mistake about my encounter, it was just that. I spoke with her briefly and exchanged pleasantries. That’s it.
But today, we look back at the well-publicized mess her marriage became and admire her for strength in the face of adversity.
I can only hope that if ever faced with equivalent challenges, I can handle them with the tact, charm and taste that she has.
She stood on her own, a woman of character and dignity.