"Julie has been here for a week and was supposed to leave this evening and fly back home to Oregon where she and her husband Joe live," Rory wrote on their blog. "But this morning as I sat beside my wife, and Julie started packing her things... Joey's tears began to fall. She was inconsolable."
"I put my arms around her and asked what was wrong," he wrote. "As her lips quivered and she tried to catch her breath, the tears streamed her cheeks and Joey said, 'I don't think I will ever see her again.'"
Rory, 49, went on to explain they had met Julie "seven or eight years ago" as a fan, but she quickly became a close friend.
"Julie has been at pretty much every home Farmhouse Concert that we've played and she is the one who mails out our newsletters and Christmas cards and has not only worked hard on behalf... she's also loves us deeply," he wrote. "Like an angel from heaven, it was as if God sent Julie to us."
Rather than catching her original flight out of Indianapolis on Saturday, Julie stayed behind instead to "be with her best friend."
Rory explained that they were "not waiting for someone we love to die. But helping the woman we all love to live."