Dec 11, 2010 2:27 PM by AP
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The funeral for Elizabeth Edwards has begun in a church filled with family, friends and others touched by her personal tragedies.
The 61-year-old Edwards has been praised for her strength amid a series of challenges that included the death of a son, betrayal by her husband and a battle with cancer that led to her death Tuesday.
Edwards' oldest daughter, 28-year-old Cate, is scheduled to give a eulogy Saturday afternoon along with two of her mother's longtime friends, Hargrave McElroy and Glenn Bergenfield.
John Edwards, a former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is not scheduled to speak.