Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth.

This July 3rd, we at the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation remember the birthday of our namesake and muse, Elizabeth Edwards.

Mary Elizabeth Anania was born on July 3, 1949 at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station hospital.  In Saving Graces, she said: "my life is measured by which air station, which town, which country I lived in...  My only constant is my family.  And for me, describing them is like describing my hometown: it's where I come from.

Elizabeth would have been 63 years old today. She lived all 61 years of her life to the fullest possible extent, each day finding love, joy, passion, work and thought.  Throughout her life, she continued to live in her "hometown": surrounded by her extended family.  Some were family by blood and some by a deep friendship.  Elizabeth understood the richness of life from the start, recognizing that the people in it are what comprise its fabric.  And she never stopped pulling more people into that family. We at the Foundation endeavor to continue Elizabeth's beautiful life work, including continuing to build that family, that hometown, here at the Foundation.

We invite you to join the family, and to join us today in wishing Elizabeth a Happy Birthday! We are so thankful that Elizabeth was born.