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Published August 07, 2013, 08:25 PM

Hundreds mourn the loss of Qfm radio host

Dozens of QFM listeners visited the Grand Forks radio station Wednesday as a tribute to the late host Kerri Drees. During the five hour tribute, listeners were able to share their favorite memories of Drees on air.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Dozens of QFM listeners visited the Grand Forks radio station Wednesday as a tribute to the late host Kerri Drees. During the five hour tribute, Listeners were able to share their favorite memories of Drees on air.

Some listeners said they'd never met Drees, but were inspired by her love for Christ and her energetic personality. Wednesday's tribute was combined with the QFM station in Fosston, Minnesota where the phones were also flooded with calls.

Kerri died Monday following complications with a lap band surgery. Her husband Steve tells us she was having health complications with her lap band for the past two weeks. Listeners and coworkers say today's tribute helped them cope with the loss and honor Kerri's legacy.

"Kerri would really want this tragedy to be turned into something beautiful and the stories of her having so much excitment and just always her smile but this is awesome. The listeners weren't just listeners to Kerri, they were part of our Q family. And it's important for us to be able to honor Kerri in a way she would have wanted."

Instead of donating flowers, people can make donations in Kerri's honor to Shine the Light Incorporated and the Circle of Friends Humane society. Kerri's visitation will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Forks. The funeral starts at 1:00 and is open to the public. Friends and coworkers say Kerri was a major believer in the cross and encourages those planning to attend the funeral to bring a cross to place by the casket.

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