The lady was wealthy before she got married to Mellon. She was the daughter of the man who invented Listerine. And since she was an aristocrat who had oodles of money, Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon put her wealth to good use.
She was a fine appreciator of the arts and fashion. And then one day she took a step that was to haunt her for the rest of her life. Rachel invested heavily in John Edwards in the 2008 presidential bid.
But he had a mistress whom he concealed from the public via money which Rachel funneled into his coffers. This caused uproar and she was dragged into the whole affair. But she was acquitted later on.
Rachel was a very sophisticated and prim person. She never wanted publicity. The austere lady preferred to remain cocooned in her world of horses and rare books. This reclusive existence was sweetened with visits from politicians and celebrities who flocked to her estate.
Rachel died peacefully from natural causes at her estate. She was 103 years old. Rachel had only pumped fundraising money into John Edwards’ account in order to help him as a benevolent humanitarian.
But he of course took unnecessary advantage of her generosity. A check of $750,000 went towards hiding John Edwards’ mistress and child. It was Rachel’s mother who gave her the name “Bunny” which just kind of stuck on her.
She was a friend of Jacqueline Kennedy and one of the few truly blue-blooded American aristocrats with savoir-faire. The way she selflessly helped Edwards shows that she meant to be an ideal benefactor.
Never, in her wildest dreams would she have courted scandal. Today she is no more with us and has returned to Mother Earth. May her soul rest in peace.