Elizabeth Edwards, a lesson in living

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Elizabeth Edwards

The breaking news that Elizabeth Edwards died this morning came across my computer just a few minutes ago. I find myself choked up, and for that I feel sort of silly; after all, I only knew Edwards through her public life, first as a political spouse, then — oh, so famously — as a political spouse done wrong.

But I grieve her passing.

Life in the public eye isn’t easy for anyone. But to live a life filled with heartbreak in the public eye must be most difficult of all. The death of a son, the philandering of a husband, the struggle of an unforgiving disease: through it all, Edwards kept going with dignity, with grace.

She was in Livingston County just two months ago to speak at a luncheon of the Livingston Economic Club at Cleary University. A tireless advocate for children’s issues and health care reform, she talked about continuing her work on behalf of those with a smaller safety net.

Now, just eight weeks later, Elizabeth Edwards is gone, leaving us with a lesson in courage, in fortitude, of living our lives as well as we can no matter our circumstances.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse. You can check out her website by clicking here.