“My wife’s greatest dream came true today,” he wrote. “She is in Heaven.”
He added, “The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased, and all her tears are dry.”
He said his wife is now in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.
When she died around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Rory wrote, they were gathered around her, holding hands and praying, and his wife breathed her last breath on this Earth.
“And a moment later (she) took her first breath on the other side,” he wrote. “As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time … I was reminded of another dream of hers that came true. A few months ago through gracious help of Kathy Olen, a friend of ours in Nashville, and many others … I had been sent a short video that Dolly Parton had made for Joey.”
Feek describes how his wife had been singing Parton’s songs since she was a 4-year-old girl and always dreamed of meeting her. She never got the chance, but she did get that video of encouragement that Parton made just for her.
With Joey gone, Rory explains what the future holds for him and their children.
“It’s hard for me to imagine being (in Nashville) without Joey, but at the same time … it is where she wants us to be. 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. …
“So if it’s okay,” he wrote, “I’m gonna close, wipe my tears and pack our bags to hit the road headed south. She’s already got a head start on me.”