Cate reads an excerpt from a letter her mother had written her saying, ‘all I ever really needed was you, your love, your presence, to make my life complete.’
Elizabeth Edwards was laid to rest Dec. 11 and among the many emotional moments was daughter Cate‘s eulogy for her late mother. “There aren’t words that are good enough,” her daughter began before reading a letter her mother had given her. “I’ve loved you in the best ways I’ve known how,” the letter said. “All I ever really needed was you, your love, your presence, to make my life complete.”
Cate then went on to discuss her mother’s concerns for her family, even in her final days. “She was way more worried about us than we were about her,” Cate said.
There were also humorous moments when Cate recalled some of her mothers advice. “You’ll almost always regret prints, but you’ll never regret wearing solids” as well as, “never marry the first boy you date without dating someone else because you would never buy the first pair of shoes you tried on,” drew laughs from those gathered.
Elizabeth’s doctors announced Dec. 6 that continuing cancer treatment would be “unproductive” for the 61-year-old. Elizabeth leaves behind three children: Cate, 28, Emma Claire, 12, and son Jack, 10 — her eldest son Wade died in a 1996 car accident.
Cate closed her eulogy by recounting how she and her siblings would often try and end every conversation with their mother by saying, “I love you more.” Elizabeth, however, would always get in the last word her daughter explained, until now. “Today I have the honor of being the last to say, ‘Mom, I really, really love you more.’”