Smith, who never married, rented several apartments in Manhattan during her long career. After attending services at a Catholic parish for 25 years, Smith converted to Catholicism in Agnes Roman Catholic Church and could be heard singing the hymns in her contralto voice. In her later years, Smith was impaired by diabetes. In , she suffered brain damage after slipping into a diabetic coma. In January , her right leg was amputated due to poor circulation caused by diabetes.
Five months later, she underwent a mastectomy. For over a year following her death, Smith's remains were stored in a vault at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid, while officials of St. Agnes Church and the singer's executors engaged in a dispute over Smith's request to be buried in a mausoleum on the cemetery's grounds.
Her private burial service took place on November 14, The artwork was based on a photograph of Smith taken in the s. President Ronald Reagan. In bestowing the honor, Reagan said:.
The voice of Kate Smith is known and loved by millions of Americans, young and old. In war and peace, it has been an inspiration. Those simple but deeply moving words, 'God bless America,' have taken on added meaning for all of us because of the way Kate Smith sang them. Thanks to her they have become a cherished part of all our lives, an undying reminder of the beauty, the courage and the heart of this great land of ours.
In giving us a magnificent, selfless talent like Kate Smith, God has truly blessed America. It was not the first time Smith had been saluted by a president. In , in light of Jim Morrison 's arrest in Miami for indecent exposure, Smith had performed with The Lettermen , Anita Bryant , and Jackie Gleason in a concert demonstration against indecency, for which President Richard Nixon commended the stars' performances.
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The Book of Golden Discs 2nd ed. This brings them together and they spend a night together. She spends some time fixing a dirt bike because of nostalgia, she had always wanted to do it but had gotten sick after they moved to town.
When she completed the dirt bike, she drove up to a place called the Water wheel where she put her wedding band back on. She drives the her dirt bike to James' house and Smudge runs up to the house, exciting Sarah before she see Kate take off her helmet.Kate Smith Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Smith (May 1, – June 17, ) was an American singer, an alto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the s.