5. There's something to be said for history. Although the couple was legally separated, Elizabeth welcomed her estranged husband back to the family's home in her final days. Many reports say she died with him by her side. Despite all of the hardship, controversy and distrust, she clearly honored the relationship they shared for 33 years enough to include John in her final moments. Her actions seem to echo words John used in '09 to describe their relationship: "Perhaps not the great love story that we hoped, but maybe a great love story nonetheless." What 'Love Story' Taught Us About Love
6. Gratitude equals bliss. In her last public message, posted on her Facebook page this week, Elizabeth wrote, "It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel towards everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day." Even when facing the end, Elizabeth was thankful for a life filled with love—a trait that undeniably brought her great peace of mind and set a valuable example for us.
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