updated 12/09/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/10/2010 AT 8:05 AM ET
Elizabeth Edwards left behind not only her three children, but a grieving former nanny who says Edwards was like a mom to her, too.
“I lived with them for a lot of years every single day,” Heather North, a nanny for the Edwards family for five years, tells Boston’s WHDH. “She’s my second mother. She helped shape the person that I am. We love her dearly. She is an amazing woman.”
North was hired to care for the family’s two youngest children, Emma Claire and Jack, and was with Edwards in Boston when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Edwards died Tuesday at 61 after a six-year battle with the disease.