The ailing country artist is spending her final days in hospice care at her childhood home.
Sad news for fans of the country duo Joey + Rory: Joey Feek, wife and partner Rory Feek, is losing her brave battle with cervical cancer, despite aggressive treatments, and spending her final days in hospice care at her Alexandria, Indiana, childhood home.
“I thought I did everything,” she told Cindy Watts of the Tennessean newspaper last week. “But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”
Rory Feek announced in October that his beloved Joey was ending her treatment regimen, and moving back to her family home. She now is frail and on morphine to alleviate pain, Watts reported, and likely does not have the six to nine months left that doctors originally anticipated she would have.
“I pray that one morning I just don't wake up,” Joey said. “But I don't fear anything because I'm so close to God and we've talked about it so many times. I know He's close. And I know He loves me. I'm really at peace. I still believe there's healing in prayer.”
According to Sterling Whitaker of TasteOfCountry.com, Rory + Joey fans have launched a Twitter campaign to help drive one of the country duo’s songs to No. 1 on iTunes. “When I’m Gone” —a track originally released in 2012 on the couple’s His and Hers album — now seems “hauntingly prescient,” Whitaker reports. The song was written by Joey’s friend Sandy Lawrence, who was going through losing her mother at the time.
Here is a 2012 video produced in support of the song, which can be purchased here on iTunes.