Forever his precious bride. Rory Feek celebrated his late wife, Joey, with a blog post almost daily during the months leading up to her March 4 death. The country singer, 49, recounted the first time he met his late wife, their first trip to Hawaii together, how they celebrated their Grammy nomination and even their last Valentine’s Day.
"My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven," Rory announced on Friday, sharing with fans that his wife’s final day had come at age 40.
Below are a few of the most touching posts Rory shared while documenting his wife’s battle against cancer:
In a bittersweet blog post shared on February 5, Rory recalled when he first met Joey. Rory wrote about how he prayed he would meet someone special after his cousin and manager married wife Jill. “Not long after that, I was playing a show at the Bluebird Cafe [in Nashville] and a beautiful brown-eyed girl with a boy's name was in the audience listening,” he shared. “Joey and I got married in 2002.”
“It was a magical trip,” he wrote in a blog post featuring a throwback video of their trip to Oahu for his birthday last year. “For two weeks, we didn’t just walk down memory lane … we made incredible memories that will last a lifetime! We walked beaches, hiked craters, caught waves, climbed volcanos, road catamaran’s, drank mai-tai’s and even blew out a few candles together. It was our favorite vacation we’ve ever taken … There was … no plan, no rush … just us all being together as a family. I loved it.”
In the video, a healthier looking Rory laughed with baby Indy and watched the sunset on the beach. “What a difference a year makes,” Rory added. “The only thing that's changed is everything. And nothing.”
The pair, who made up music duo Joey + Rory, were nominated for the 2016 Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy. Although they lost to Little Big Town, they still celebrated their big moment while Joey was in hospice care at home. “The morning after the award show, Joey looked into my eyes and said, ‘I’m sorry we didn’t win us a Grammy,’” he penned on February 19. “I smiled and said, ‘That’s OK.’ Then jokingly, I added, ‘… there’s always next year.’ She smiled back at me and said, ‘yes … next year.’ And then she talked about how if we were to ever be nominated again, that I have to promise her that I would go. And I told her that I would.”
Rory told Entertainment Tonight in January that he has no desire to go on singing without this wife. In an August 2015 blog post, he wrote that he let Joey pick the songs for their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us. “My wife Joey still has a song to sing,” he wrote proudly. “In fact, she has lots of songs that she wants to sing in the future. It’s part of what gives her the strength to push on through all the nausea and pain that she’s been experiencing as she goes through cancer treatment … while she sings, Indiana plays at her feet – or sits in a chair nearby, as the chemo courses through her veins – innocently unaware of what her mama is going through. Filled with nothing but love and life, and a light so bright… you can’t help but smile when you’re near her. Yes, my bride has a beautiful song in her heart … and I believe, the world needs to hear it.
The couple celebrated their final Valentine’s Day together over sushi and a heart-shaped cake. “Her three sisters helped her with makeup and she put on a nice shirt and scarf to look pretty for me … and we both even wore sweet corsages that someone sent to us in the mail for the big day (I hadn’t even seen a corsage since my senior prom),” Rory shared with followers on February 19. “We lit a candle and together, we shared an incredible Valentines day evening.”
The most touching post of all was when Rory shared on February 29 that his wife had said her goodbyes. In a post titled “One Last Kiss,” Rory detailed how Joey said goodbye to her loved ones, including their baby girl. “I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, '…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you.’ And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her,” the musician wrote. “One last kiss.”
According to the couple’s rep, a donation can be sent in lieu of flowers to Joey and Indy at PO Box 5471, Vancouver, WA 98668.
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