Joey Feek, one half of the country and bluegrass duo Joey + Rory, died on March 4 after a battle with cervical and colorectal cancer, her husband Rory Feek wrote on their blog. She was 40.
"My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven," Rory wrote. "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."
In the post, titled "a dream come true," Rory said that at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, his wife's loved ones and family "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."
"Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy," he continued. "There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try."
"When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey's been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more than you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier," Rory added.
Joey was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in the spring of 2014 -- just months after giving birth to her baby daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. She began treatment soon after.
Rory has frequently shared updates and photos on his blog about Joey's progress and condition. The couple announced at the end of October that Joey's cancer was terminal and she had decided to end treatment.
In November, Joey entered hospice care at the family's home, where she was surrounded in her final weeks by her husband and their 2-year-old little girl.
"Joey is at peace with where she is and where she's going. So am I," Rory wrote in an emotional update posted after Joey entered hospice care.
In December, the singer had some uplifting and heartwarming moments, when she was able to leave her hospice bed to play with Indiana, received a GRAMMY nomination for the couple's song, "If I Needed You," and celebrated a joyous Christmas surrounded by family.
Rory posted about the happy holidays on his blog, admitting that Joey's health and high spirits were nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
“Christmas had come and Joey was not only here with us, but she was doing well and we all had an amazing day together,” he wrote. “There was a beautiful Christmas tree filled with wonder, Christmas cookies that we made together, new pajamas that we opened and put on the night before (it’s our yearly tradition), lots of presents to open on Christmas morning, and a big Christmas dinner in the evening and fun with all of Joey’s family.”
The couple documented the holiday with plenty of pictures, including one group shot of the whole family -- with Joey seated in the middle -- that they posted to their Facebook page on Christmas Day.
The inspirational music star maintained a sense of humor and positive attitude throughout her battle with cancer. In November, she opened up in an interview with The Tennessean. "God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there," she said. "That's how I look at it."
On Monday, Rory revealed that Joey's battle with cancer was coming to an end and that she had just a few days left to live.
"In the 40 short years that Joey has lived, my bride has accomplished many great things… she's lived a very full life," he wrote. "But even more than that, she has loved those around her greatly and been loved greatly in return. I can honestly say that Joey's isn't just a life well-lived, it's a life well-loved."
Joey is survived by her husband and their daughter.