Joey Marie Feek was ready – she was peaceful and accepting, believing that it wasn’t God’s will for her to be healed from the stage 4 cervical cancer she’d fought off and on for nearly two years.
“Children are never ours,” Mrs. Feek’s mother, June Martin, said tearfully during her daughter’s illness.
Country music fans first met Mrs. Feek in 2008 – she and husband Rory comprised Grammy-nominated duo Joey+Rory, which placed third on the inaugural season of CMT’s reality talent search “Can You Duet.” Their debut single, “Cheater, Cheater,” climbed to No. 30 on Billboard’s country radio airplay charts, and they were named spokespeople for Overstock.com.
Mrs. Feek said God decided for her that “My job of singing for people down is my legacy, and he needs me singing up t.”
The couple welcomed daughter Indiana on Feb, 17, 2014, an event Mrs. Feek considered “The most important” in her life.
In the days before her death, Mrs. Feek said her greatest hope for her daughter was that she grew up with no fear and that she was able to fall in love, get married and live independently near her father.
Mrs. Feek is survived by husband Rory Feek; stepdaughters Heidi Caroline Feek and Sarah Hope Feek and daughter Indiana Boon Feek; parents Jack Martin and June Martin; and sisters Jody Martin, Julie Snyder and Jessie May; as well as many nieces and nephews.