Rory Feek and his 2-year-old daughter Indiana Feek have returned to their family home in Tennessee after spending over more than months in Indiana, where Rory’s wife Joey Feek was in hospice care as she battled cancer. Sadly, Joey died Friday afternoon at the age of 40.
Rory posted two photos to Facebook Saturday revealing that he and his daughter were already back at their Tennessee farm.
In a blog post Friday, Rory announced his wife’s death, telling fans that her “dream” had finally come true.
“She is in heaven,” he wrote. "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.”
In that same post, Rory described how difficult it would be to head back home without his wife.
“It’s hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time… it is where she wants us to be,” he wrote. “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.”
As previously reported, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2014, shortly after she gave birth to Indiana. The “When I’m Gone” singer underwent surgery but the cancer returned a year later. In October, she made the decision to stop undergoing treatment because doctors told her it was no longer working.
Joey opened up about her cancer battle in November, telling the Tennessean that she wasn’t afraid to die.
“I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God, and we’ve talked about it so many times,” she said at the time. “I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”