Just three days ago we published an article about Joey + Rory’s Joey Feek saying her last goodbyes and entering into “final sleep.” We are saddened to report that Feek passed away at 2:30 this afternoon (Friday, Mar 4th) at the age of 40 while in hospice care at their home in Indiana.
Her husband, Rory, published in his This Life I Live blog, that “my wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.”
The singer states, “The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.”
He continues, “Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy. There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try.
“When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier.”
Joey was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer shortly after their daughter, Indiana, was born two years ago. After successful treatment, the aggressive cancer returned. However, last year the couple decided to end treatment in which she had undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She moved to in home hospice care late last year after doctors said there was nothing more they could do.
Rory states that he and Indiana will move back to Nashville where Joey wants them to be.
“After four-and-a-half months in Indiana, we will soon be back home in Tennessee. Me, and our little one, with our older daughters. It’s hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time… it is where she wants us to be. It’s where she will be… She’s gonna be in the mint growing beside our back deck, the sweet-corn frozen in our freezer and a million other places that her hand and heart has touched around our little farmhouse and community. Joey will still be with us. Everywhere.”
We send our deepest condolences to Rory and his family. Rest in peace, Joey!