Joey Feek will be laid to rest in a private funeral this week, but fans who want to do their part to remember the late country singer will have a chance as well.
After a very public battle with cancer, with her husband Rory giving fans frequent updates and pictures of Joey spending last moments with family members, Joey Feek will now have a private and more personal funeral service.
Feek will be laid to rest at the family cemetery, according to Owens Memorial Services in Alexandria. The organization did not say when Joey Feek’s funeral would be held, WISH reported.
After Joey’s passing this week, her husband Rory took their daughter Indiana back to the family’s home in Tennessee. Joey had gone to Indiana in October to spend her final days in hospice care, and her husband and daughter remained by her side until the end.
Rory shared a picture of their return this week, holding Indiana on his shoulders as they stroked a horse’s head.
In his latest blog on This Life I Live Rory wrote that Joey will still 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.”
Both Rory and Joey Feek remained strong to their faith through her long battle with cancer, speaking often about how they lean on God for support. They also strived to find the bright moments wherever they could.
Rory wrote often about how Joey would grow frustrated with her failing health and with the little time she had left with her daughter, who they called Indy. Just before the holidays, Joey grew depressed at the thought that she might now spend Christmas with her daughter, but instead she was able to live through the holidays and all the way to Indiana’s second birthday in February.
The last month was one filled with milestones for Joey and her family. She and Rory were nominated for their first Grammy Award, saw their final album be released and reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts for country and Christian contemporary, and even received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the top honor the state of Indiana gives.
Along the way Rory was able to share these moments with fans, posting pictures of Joey spending time with Indiana, even as she became confined to her bed.
But after the whirlwind few weeks, Joey told Rory that she was tired of fighting, said her goodbyes to family member, and fell into a deep sleep. Rory shared with fans that Joey was likely in her final days, and on Friday she passed away.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven,” he wrote in the touching post on This Life I Live. “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.”
Joey’s death has brought an outpouring from fans, with thousands sharing their condolences and memories of Joey and her music career.
Though Joey Feek’s funeral will be private, fans who want to do their part to help will still have a chance. The family announced that donations can be sent to Joey and Indy at P.O. Box 5471 Vancouver, WA, 98668.
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