Joey Feek Tells Husband Rory What to Remember After She's Gone

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Joey Feek is increasingly aware that her days on earth are coming to an end. Even in the pain of her final days she is still putting her family first, however.

Husband Rory Feek--the other half of the country/bluegrass duo know as Joey + Rory--spoke with People magazine, and explained that Joey Feek is most concerned right now with what those she leaves behind remember of her.

"As Joey has had to learn to come to terms with what is happening to her body and what the future holds, it's been important to her to share some things that she wants me and our girls to remember after she's gone," Rory says.

Joey Feek will be laid to rest on the property that houses her childhood home. That's also the place she returned home to under hospice care, to spend her last days with Rory and their daughter Indiana.

"More than once, I have found myself beside her bed taking notes as she shares things like when the best time to plant the garden will be this spring, how to prune the fruit trees and to make sure we still set aside a percentage of what we make as a tithe each month," Rory explains.

Rory is grateful for the family and friends who have helped them in recent months. He is especially thankful for his two daughters from a previous relationship--Heidi, 29, and Hopie, 27.

"Though Joey didn't come into their lives until they were teenagers, my girls love her as their mother and she loves them as her own," Rory says. "They also love their baby sister so much, and they hurt for her and all that Joey is going to miss as she grows up. They have made many trips here from home in Tennessee just to be close to us, spend time with Indy and love on Joey."

Joey Feek recently admitted to her husband that she was having many conversations with Jesus, and that when He was ready to take her home to be with Him, she was ready to go.

"We are surrounded by Joey's family here in Indiana and life is a revolving door of sisters, parents and nieces and nephews--all pouring love and time into Joey and our little family," Rory adds. "Though the situation and conditions that brought us here are very difficult, it has been a really beautiful time for Joey and all of us. Not hardly an hour of the day goes by without someone telling someone else that they love them. It's hard to ask for more than that."

Joey Feek will surely be remembered long after she departs this world. In addition to Rory Feek, little Indiana, and her big sisters Hopie and Heidi, she will certainly be remembered by her many fans.

Rory Feek will long hold the memory of all Joey wants him to remember very close to his heart.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.