Joey Feek, an Alexandria, Indiana, native and country musician, passed away Friday after a lengthy battle with cervical cancer. She was 40 years old.
Her husband Rory, who has been updating fans and friends since Joey was diagnosed, wrote, "My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven."
He went on to write:
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.
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.
From the time she was four years old, Joey had been singing Dolly’s songs and dreamed of one day meeting her. Coat of Many Colors was a regular part of our show and at home she loved to put on Dolly and listen to “Hello God”, “When I Sing For Him”, “Me and Little Andy” and many others. She never got the chance to meet her in person and had no idea that Dolly even knew who she was. But that changed one Friday evening this past November.
Joey is survived by her husband Rory and their two-year-old daughter Indiana, along with Rory's daughters from a previous relationship.
In a new Facebook post earlier Friday, Joey Feek was shown holding hands with her stepdaughter Heidi, with the caption, "our oldest daughter Heidi by her mama's side last night. Holding on and letting go."
Earlier this week, Rory posted that Joey was "ready to stop fighting."
Fans responded with prayers and wishes for good health.
One fan wrote, "Heidi... I am praying for you.... I held my momma's hand when she left us... it's hard but you know where Joey is going and she will no longer be in pain. It isn't goodbye... its just see you later. I understand the heartbreak of losing a young mom."
"Much love to you all, Rory. Thank you for always updating us. We all have been praying so very hard for Joey. We love her, too," said another fan.