The late Mrs. Feek passed away on Friday, March 4, after a long battle with stage IV cervical cancer.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today,” Rory wrote on his blog, This Life I Live, when he told fans of her passing. “She is in Heaven. 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.”
Rory and the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Indiana, returned to their family farm on March 5.
“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,” he wrote.
Joey was born in Anderson, Indiana on September 9, 1975. She met her husband, Rory, at a songwriter’s round and the couple wed in 202, four months after their first date. In 2008, the couple went on to land third place on CMT’s Can You Duet. They released seven studio albums together, including their most recent Hymns That Are Important To Us. She is survived by her husband Rory Feek, three daughters Heidi, Hopie and Indiana, parents Jack and June Martin, maternal grandmother Lucille Sparks, and three sisters Jody Martin, Julie (Brett) Snyder, and Jessie (Adam) May.
A public memorial service will also take place. The Feek’s longtime friends Bill and Gloria Gaither will host the service scheduled for Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Alexandria-Monroe High School gymnasium. Rory Feek, his daughters and members of the Martin family will also be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Joey+Indy at P.O. Box 5471 Vancouver, WA, 98668.