Joey Martin Feek of the Christian country duo Joey + Rory has died. Joey passed away on March 4, 2016 after battling cancer for much of the last two years. She was 40 years old.
Rory shared the news at this This Life I Live blog: "My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.
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.
At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were 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."
In 2014, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014 and underwent surgery that summer. In June of 2015 she and her husband Rory received the news that her cancer had returned, followed by a devastating diagnosis that the disease had reached Stage 4. On Oct. 23 Rory revealed that doctors had given them the news that there was nothing more they could do. The pair made the hard decision to stop treatments.
In a November 2015 interview with The Tennessean, Joey stated that she was not angry or depressed with God but was disappointed, that after undergoing radical gynecological surgery to eradicate it, the cancer had returned as inoperable and terminal. In the newspaper article, Joey said she hopes to die peacefully in her sleep.
More tribute articles on the Feeks are coming in the next few days.