Joey Feek, one-half of the Joey + Rory Grammy-nominated country/bluegrass duo, passed away on Friday at the age of 40. As per her wishes, she will be buried on the farm she and husband Rory Feek own in Tennessee.
On the day of Joey’s passing, Rory wrote in his blog, This Life I Live, that he would soon pack up daughter Indiana and head back to the farm. Joey Feek lived out her last months in hospice care at her childhood home in Indiana.
“So if it’s okay, I’m gonna close, wipe my tears and pack our bags to hit the road headed south. She’s already got a head-start on me,” Rory wrote on the day Joey died.
Earlier in his post he shared word of his beloved Joey Feek’s passing.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven,” he wrote through his tears.
“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 added.
“At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.”
A new Instagram photo is proof positive Rory Feek followed his and Joey’s plan. It shows him with daughter Indiana on his shoulders, petting one of his horses on their Tennessee farm.
Rory captioned the post very simply.
“Home,” he wrote.
Joey Feek’s life will be celebrated in a private funeral before she is buried in a simple wooden box on their farm.
Before she died, Joey Feek talked about “going home.” She didn’t mean to Tennessee, where she said the flowers on their farm would soon bloom. Instead she meant home to Jesus, her savior, in whom she trusted completely.
Rory captioned yet another photo of their Tennessee farm quite aptly, in light of that conversation he had with Joey.
“Home,” it reads.
Joey Feek, as her husband wrote, is free of cancer and no longer in pain. Rory Feek’s pain will take a long time to subside, however, and likely won’t ever go away.
He has his sweet little Indy to raise–as a single father.
It’s likely Rory Feek will keep fans apprised of Joey’s funeral. The family has already asked those who wish to send flowers in honor of Joey Feek to send a small donation instead.
Joey and Indy
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There’s something very comforting in the word “home.” Joey Feek and her family all went home as a result of her passing. And even though that “home” means something different for each of them, there is a peace Joey and Rory shared when making life’s final plans.