Residents of Joey Feek’s Hometown Continue Support, Prayers
Since shortly after receiving her terminal cancer diagnosis in October, Joey Feek, her husband Rory and their daughter Indiana left their home in Tennessee and have been living in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind., to be closer to her loved ones. In early November, Alexandria residents held a prayer vigil for the singer -- and their support hasn't wavered in the months since.
Nancy Cook, whose children grew up with Joey Feek, tells WISH-TV that she and her son have spread signs expressing support for Feek along State Road 28; when Cook looks at the signs, "I pray for a miracle or what’s God’s will.”
Jon Howell, the basketball coach at Alexandria-Monroe High School remembers Feek as "pure country, even as a young child. She was a tremendous talent from the start.” He has a photo of Feek taped on his office door, along with the message, "Find someone strong, confident, intelligent, faithful, and learn.”
“It’s all about people paying attention to her life and how she’s chosen to live it at the end,” Howell explains. "The way she is living her life right up until the very end is nothing short of an inspiration, not only to us in Alexandria, but all over the world."
On Monday (Feb. 29), Rory Feek revealed that his wife “has been asleep for days now, and her body is shutting down quickly. The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most likely only be with us for a few more days … at the most.”
“Over the last number of weeks, her pain had gotten worse, and her health had continued to decline rapidly,” Feek writes. “And not long after Indy’s birthday, my wife decided that ‘enough is enough.’ She was ready to stop fighting, and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.”
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