January 7, 2011 / 1:22 AM / in 8 years

Elizabeth Edwards' will makes no mention of husband John

Elizabeth Edwards speaks at the Women's Conference 2009 in Long Beach, California October 27, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Elizabeth Edwards, who died of breast cancer last month, left her estate to her children and made no mention of her estranged husband, former Sen. John Edwards, in her will.

Filed just days before her death, Edwards’ will names daughter Cate Edwards, 28, as executor and leaves the estate to her and the couple’s other two children, Emma Claire and Jack.

“All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death I give and bequeath to my children,” said the will, signed on December 1, 2010.

There is no mention of her husband in Edwards’ will, seen by some media and published online by The Huffington Post, ABC News and other sites.

Elizabeth Edwards was at her husband’s side during his two unsuccessful bids for the Democratic presidential nomination, but they split up in January 2010 after 32 years of marriage when his infidelity was revealed.

The split came less than a week after John Edwards, a wealthy trial lawyer, acknowledged he had fathered a baby with campaign aide Rielle Hunter as he sought the 2008 nomination.

Elizabeth Edwards was a successful author, writing “Resilience” and “Saving Graces,” about her battle with cancer and the loss of her son Wade in a car accident.

She died on Dec 7 at age 61. Her will was filed in Orange County, North Carolina.

Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Writing by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Jerry Norton

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