Joey Feek is finally at peace. The musician who made up one half of the country music duo Joey+Rory was buried in a private funeral in Alexandria, Indiana — although it was previously reported she'd be buried in Tennessee. Following the intimate ceremony, her and husband Rory Feek's management released an emotional statement about the impact her valiant fight, beautiful voice and unshakable faith had on the world.
The couple's rep shared with Us Weekly that Joey, 40 at the time of her death, was put in her final resting place Tuesday. The statement revealed that she was surrounded by those closest to her when she died. Her rep recalled the countless stories shared by Rory, 50, during her final months, in which Joey tried to make her mark on the world by planting seeds and recording some last-minute music.
“Joey was surrounded by family and close friends at the time of her passing,” her rep told Us. “Joey had been fighting stage IV cancer for nine months, surrounded by the love and support of countless family members, friends, loved ones, longtime followers of her music and even strangers who were inspired by her life. Joey was known for her beautiful voice, beautiful smile and beautiful marriage partnership with Rory Feek. Together, they shared a life built around a love of faith, family, farming and country music. Their stories, which ranged from growing vegetables to their blossoming as a country music duo, have impacted countless people through television, radio and performances. While grateful for numerous accolades and countless career dreams that came true, Joey found the real meaning and joys of life to be one of love for her GOD, love for her home and family, love for planting and growing and love for sharing with everyone she knew. Her roles as wife and mother are often heralded beyond her celebrity successes.”
Rory made it a point to share he and Joey's story with the world through their blog, titled This Life I Live. He intends to continue sharing, giving fans a deeper look into their lives by writing a book. In an interview with People magazine, he said Joey wanted him to "continue to tell our story" as well as others. He revealed that he recently co-wrote and directed a film — his first — and Joey was very proud of him for that. Rory said she wanted him to continue to pursue this passion as well as a book deal.
"This past spring I co-wrote and directed my first film, and she wants me to go on and continue writing and making more movies," he told People on Wednesday. "And she's also encouraged me to write a book. Joey and I have both experienced the power of living and telling a great story, so I hope to be able to continue writing and being part of a great story."
While Rory has yet to speak out following the funeral of his wife, he did open up during the planning stages. On Monday, he posted an Instagram photo of the Tennessee farm he and Joey once shared with their daughter, Indiana, and Rory's two older girls, Hopie and Heidi. In the caption he shared with his more than 400,000 followers that he was in the process of making plans he never though he or Joey would have to make.
As previously reported, Joey died on March 4 after fighting an aggressive form of cervical cancer for nearly two years. Rory confirmed her death on their blog, shedding light on her final moments. He wrote that she was ready "to go home" and had invited family and friends to join her at her bedside where she said her final goodbyes. She then asked for a moment with Indiana. Rory brought the toddler into the bed and he, his wife and youngest child spent some quality time together bracing for the end. Rory said after saying goodbye, Joey fell into a deep sleep for several days.