Country singer Rory Feek, who made up one half of the group Joey+Rory, has been very open about his wife Joey Feek’s battle with stage 4 cervical cancer, as well as her recent death. The 50-year-old often wrote blog posts on their website This Life I Live about her struggles, shared social media updates and even captured a few intimate moments in photographs. Now, Rory plans to continue telling Joey’s story in an upcoming book.
Speaking to People magazine before his wife’s death, Rory revealed that Joey wanted him to “continue to tell our story, and other stories.”
“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 said in an interview published 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.”
As previously reported, Joey died March 4 at the age of 40 from stage 4 cervical cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in May 2014 and stopped receiving treatment last October after doctors told her it was no longer working. She spent the months leading up to her death in home hospice care in her home state of Indiana.
Rory announced her death in a blog post telling fans that his wife’s “dream came true” and she was in Heaven.
“The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry,” he wrote. “At 2:30 this afternoon, as we 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.”
One day after Joey’s death, Rory shared a photo of himself and their 2-year-old daughter Indiana back home on their farm in Tennessee. Joey was buried Tuesday in the family’s backyard following a small, private ceremony attended by Rory, Indiana and her stepdaughters Hopie and Heidi.