The extraordinary, inspirational and deeply sad journey of Joey Feek draws to its inevitable close. Rory Feek wrote last week that Joey will “most likely only be with us for a few more days.” Her body is “shutting down quickly,” he added. The 40-year-old singer’s battle with cancer has been lovingly, unflinchingly documented by her husband — and through an act of great will she lived to see her daughter Indiana’s second birthday.
Feek’s brave fight galvanized attention beyond the reach that the duo, performing as Joey + Rory, ever reached as singers. The combination of heartbreak, courage and devotion struck a deep nerve with millions of cancer sufferers and survivors, and the swift recurrence of Joey’s cancer so soon after childbirth gave her fight a dimension of sadness that makes it hard to bear. “I believe Joey’s given all she could give. She’s loved all she could love and lived all she could live,” Rory wrote, admittedly also exhausted from chronicling and partnering in Joey’s fight. “She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so,” Rory wrote. She had given Indiana “one last kiss.” Joey Feek died on Friday, March 4. Her husband wrote: “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.”