Joey Feek will be laid to rest on her family’s farm in Tennessee, with husband Rory Feek telling fans he is “making plans that I hoped we would never have to make” following the tragic death of the 40-year-old country singer.
Joey Feek died last week after a long battle with cervical cancer, passing away at her home in Indiana with family by her side. The country singer had entered hospice care last October as she prepared for the end, then saw her strength and health steadily decline over the weeks and months that followed.
Now, two days after Joey’s death, Rory shared with fans that he was going through the process of making funeral preparations.
Rory had actually shared plans for Joey Feek’s funeral back in November, telling fans through the family’s blog that she had requested a simple ceremony.
“A rough-cut wooden box with a cross on it was placed beneath the bay of the bus and brought up here because that’s what Joey wants. ‘Thomas to make my box… simple, from wood at the farm’, she said. ‘And find a good spot in the family cemetery in the field behind our house, where we put your mama’s ashes last year… with room enough beside my headstone for you to join me someday… in God’s time.'”
“And so we will.”
“Whatever she wants… that’s what I want.”
Joey Feek’s funeral will have a somewhat different tone than the final months of her life. The ceremony will be a small and private one, husband Rory Feek said. That is a change from the final period of Joey’s life, when Rory shared all of their ups and downs through the blog.
Rory wrote about how Joey slowly lost the strength to walk on her own, but still lowered herself to the floor to play with their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana. He shared about how Joey anguished before Christmas, knowing it would be the last holiday season she spent with her daughter, but Joey was still able to make it through to Indiana’s birthday in February.
The last month was filled with high points for Joey and Rory, including the release of their final album and their Grammy Award nomination. Finally, after celebrating the busy month Joey told Rory that she was ready to stop fighting, and fell into a deep sleep.
In his post this weekend on This Life I Live Rory said that even though she’s gone, Joey will be with them everywhere they go.
“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.”
The couple also remained strong to their faith, with Rory writing often that they were in God’s hands through the cancer battle. In her final weeks, Joey was given the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award given by the state of Indiana, and in doing so, a state representative noted the couple’s strong faith.
“Throughout her battle with cervical cancer, Joey and Rory have maintained their faith in God, while also providing hope and encouragement to family, friends, and thousands of fans that have been impacted by their blog and social media posts,” said State Rep. Bruce Borders.
While Joey Feek’s funeral will be a private affair, fans who wish to remember the late country singer will still have a way to do so. The family said they will be able to send donations to Joey and Indy at P.O. Box 5471 Vancouver, WA, 98668.
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