Joey Feek embraced that her time on this earth was limited, and spent her last few months with those who loved her. The 40-year-old country star wasn’t scared of dying; in fact, she welcomed death because that meant she would get to meet God. After a two-year battle with cervical cancer, Joey died on Friday afternoon, reported People. Joey shared her battle with cancer on social media with her husband, Rory Feek’s Blog, This Life I Live. The blog detailed Joey’s fears, dreams, and her final days leading up to her death. On February 29, Rory posted that Joey’s hospice nurse told them she only had a few more days left, at the most. Joey told her family goodbye and went into a deep sleep until her death on Friday.
Our hearts go out to the family of Joey Feek. She was a beautiful person inside and out and will truly be missed. pic.twitter.com/BhkGPuvnEz— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) March 5, 2016
In the blog entry titled, “A Dream Come True,” Rory shared a tear-jerking video of his wife. Apparently, Joey was a long-time fan of Dolly Parton and wanted the chance to meet her. When she got sick, she believed that she would never get the opportunity. Dolly sent Joey a video to tell her to keep praying for her miracle. Dolly told her that she knew they had something in common: their faith in God.
Joey watched the video and cried; she couldn’t believe that Dolly sent her a video. She cried and told Rory that the video was better than meeting the country star because she could watch it over and over. It seems like Joey didn’t know how many people she inspired; she became not only an inspiration to Dolly Parton, but to everyone as she (bravely) battled cancer.
Country star, Blake Sheldon took to social media to pay his respects to Joey Feek.
So sad to hear about Joeys passing.. https://t.co/SjIlECXOPQ— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 5, 2016
Carrie Underwood also offered words.
Praying for the family & friends of Joey Feek. A beautiful soul moved into heaven today. A beautiful legacy she left behind. @joeyandrory— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 5, 2016
Three weeks before Joey passed away, Bill Gather came to see her one last time. Gather was a close family friend, and it brought Joey great joy to spend time with him. Bill played a hymn for her on the piano and gave her the encouragement she needed.
In November, after learning that she was terminal, she wanted her daughters to spend time with her in Indiana before it was too late. They drove all night to see her and spend quality time with her. The time they spent together was not only good for Joey, but for her daughters; they needed that time with her. The picture is heart wrenching; the girls knew their mother had very little time left.
Joey was at peace with dying and knew her time was approaching. She spoke many times of going home to God, and her only worry was of her family she left behind.
“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up. But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace.”
Rory wrote on his blog that Joey is no longer in pain, and the cancer is gone. As she took her last breath, surround by her family and loved ones, she took her first breath in heaven.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. 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. 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.”
Inquisitr would like to offer the deepest condolences to Joey Feek’s friends, relatives, and most of all, Rory Feek. Joey Feek was an inspiration to women all over the world for her open and documented battle with cervical cancer. Her activism helped save the lives of many women over the past few years. Rest in peace, Joey Feek, you are gone, but live on in the hearts of all your fans and family.
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