Jimi Westbrook’s Sister, Joyce Marie, Passes Away

Written by Lauren Laffer
Jimi Westbrook’s Sister, Joyce Marie, Passes Away

Our thoughts and prayers are with Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and their family at this time.

Westbrook’s sister, Joyce Marie Westbrook Morgan, passed away earlier this week. The singer posted a touching tribute to his sibling on Instagram.

I want to tell you about my sister Joyce. One of the funniest people I’ve ever known. She was so full of life and light and if you were around her, chances are, you were laughing. She had one of the prettiest faces you’ll ever lay eyes on. When she walked into a room you couldn’t help but notice her. As pretty as that face and that smile was, she was even more beautiful on the inside. She loved with everything she had. She was a mom and a grandmother. It was everything to her. It’s who she was. A nurturer and a protector. When I was a kid she taught me to hold my head up and be confident in who I was. That has always stuck with me. She always claimed that she wanted a little brother so bad that she prayed me into this world… and I always believed her. As hard as we knew how, we prayed to keep her in this world with us but somehow it wasn’t meant to be. My heart is so broken today and it will forever have a hole in it. Joyce Marie, I love you so much and our lives will never be the same without you. I will always hold on to the memories and cherish the time that God blessed me & my family with being able to love you. You live forever in our hearts.

Band mates Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet extended their prayers to the family following the devastating loss.

What a beautiful soul! We will all miss her. Our hearts are broken for Jimi & Karen & their family. Please keep them in your prayers in the days ahead. All our love, Kimberly & Phillip.

According to her obituary, Joyce passed away on Nov. 29. She is survived by her husband Paul, their five children, and extended family. No cause of death has been listed. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Sarah Cannon Research Institute at 250 25th Ave. North, Suite 100 Nashville, TN 37203.