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Published August 10, 2013, 10:11 PM

Hundreds gather to mourn the loss of a QFM host

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV)-- Hundreds of people gathered at the Hope Covenant Church in Grand Forks today for the funeral of the late QFM host, Kerri Drees.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV)-- Hundreds of people gathered at the Hope Covenant Church in Grand Forks today for the funeral of the late QFM host, Kerri Drees.

The funeral was open to the public, and QFM listeners joined family and friends in prayer and song in memory of Kerri.

Josh Jones- QFM Morning Crew Host: "She was an encourager, an uplifter. She knew what love was."

More than 400 people attended the visitation and funeral services for the late QFM host Kerry Drees. Family, friends and coworkers shared some of their favorite memories of Kerri and thoughts on how to cope with the loss.

Beth Waldeck- QFM Mid-Day Host: "Kerri would tell you to stand in faith when you can't see your way when you don't want to even face what's going on today. When the tears want to flow, stand in faith."

Kerri's husband Steve thanked everyone for the outpouring of support.

Steve Drees- Kerri's Husband: "She didn't love me any less even though she was loving on you all the time. her source of love has no end."

Drees died Monday morning during surgery to remove a lap band. She was 47 years old. People were encouraged to bring crosses to leave by the casket. Kerri's pastor Mike Hale said she loved what the cross stood for.

"She really believed in the relational part of the cross that it wasn't just a symbol but that it had true meaning for a believer's life."

Despite the loss, Steve said he believes Kerri would want everyone to carry on in faith.

Drees: "If you really want to be more like Kerri, if you really want to Kerri on, I encourage you to get to know Jesus."

Kerri is survived by her husband Steve, and daughters Tanisha and Savanna.

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