Rory Feek Makes Heartbreaking Announcement After Joey’s Cancer Battle

Rory Feek Makes Heartbreaking Announcement After Joey’s Cancer Battle

It was just a couple nights ago, that Joey told her loving husband that it was time. She had seen all her dreams come to life, and met all her goals, she had survived long enough to see her beautiful daughter turn 2-yrs old, and made memories that could be captured in pictures for years to come. When she told Rory it was time, she meant…she was ready to go home. So he called in all their family, and after she said good-bye to all of them, there was just one more loved one to say her good-byes to- then she asked Rory to bring their baby girl to her…

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“Joey has done all she set out to do… even right to the very end, and by sheer will-power (and God’s grace), she was still here to to see our baby’s 2nd birthday. Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly. And not long after Indy’s birthday my wife decided that ‘enough is enough’. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.

Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them… to her mother and father and her three sisters. There were lots of tears as she explained to each one how much she loved them and that she was going to be going home soon. That her time here was done and she was going to go to sleep soon. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, “…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you”. And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her.

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One last kiss.”


Rory said tragically, “My wife has been asleep for days now and her body is shutting down quickly. The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days… at the most.”

“A few more days… In the 40 short years that Joey has lived, my bride has accomplished many great things… she’s lived a very full life. But even more than that, she has loved those around her greatly and been loved greatly in return. I can honestly say that Joey’s isn’t just a life well-lived, it’s a life well-loved.”


Bittersweetness is the only word for this… she will be missed, because she was so loved. But- where she is going will make her whole again, and the time of enduring will have ended when she is welcomed with an honorable return from her mission here on earth. Although there maybe mourning here on earth, she herself will be welcomed by heaven in rejoicing and joy, and her loved ones will have gained a very special, very strong guardian angel.

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