Kate Spade to be laid to rest on Thursday

The fashion designer was found dead at her home in Manhattan, New York City, on 5 June following an apparent suicide.

FILE: Designer Kate Spade. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Kate Spade will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church in her hometown of Kansas City this week.

The fashion designer will be laid to rest at 3 pm at the church - where her beloved grandparents got married in her hometown in Missouri, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper.

An obituary on Dignity Memorial detailed Spade’s devotion to her family and career.

It reads: “Loyal almost to a fault, Katy could be counted on to support her friends and family in times of trouble without question or judgment. Her sense of humour was one of her most enduring and charming qualities. Her quick and infectious laugh still resonates in the minds of all who knew her.

“Katy will always be remembered lovingly for her conscientiousness and empathy. She loved animals. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. Katy was kind beyond words to describe. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her and by the millions she inspired.”

Spade’s family have asked that donations be made to ASPCA or to Wayside Waifs, which is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter, instead of flowers.

Spade was found dead at her home in Manhattan, New York City, on 5 June following an apparent suicide.

The day after her passing, her husband Andy Spade - who wasn’t living with the fashion guru at the time - said his wife had been suffering from depression.

He said in a statement: “Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.”

Spade and Andy, who got married in 1994, have daughter Frances, 13, together.