Thousands gather to mourn, celebrate journalist Gwen Ifill

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Gwen Ifill, Washington Week, PBS NewsHour speaks onstage at the 'PBS Election Coverage' panel during day 2 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington journalist Gwen Ifill was remembered Saturday as an accomplished newswoman, cherished friend and woman of faith by thousands of mourners — including first lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama did not speak at the service, but former Attorney General Eric Holder read a letter from President Barack Obama, who was in Peru. Many in attendance at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church were members of the media and political class, including ex-CNN anchor Bernard Shaw and civil rights attorney Vernon Jordan.

Ifill’s PBS “NewsHour” co-anchor, Judy Woodruff also spoke at the funeral. The two made history when they became the first female co-anchors of a major news broadcast in 2013. Ifill began her career in newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and New York Times.

Ifill died Monday at 61.

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