Following the death of Joey Feek, the country singer and one-half of duo Joey + Rory, Rory Feek released a final video featuring his wife.
He wrote on Saturday: “We laid my beautiful wife to rest … in a grove of sassafras trees behind our farmhouse, with friends and family gathered around.”
“Joey’s one hope was that she could ‘come home’ on a beautiful day… and oh, it was. The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue,” he said.
According to People magazine, she was laid to rest at a private ceremony in Tennessee on Tuesday at the Feeks’ farm house.
“Eight angelic voices led a procession singing ‘Down By The River To Pray’ all the way out to the family plot,” Rory wrote. “And a team of mules carried Joey’s simple wooden box in an 1800’s wagon with six of Joey’s favorite ‘cowboys’ by her side.”
“At the gravesite, Mike Glenn – our pastor in Tennessee, spoke of the better place that Joey’s in and also of the better place that the world is because Joey was in it,” Rory added. “And he told us how we can all have a service like hers when it comes our time to go, with just as many people loving us as loved Joey. All we have to do he said … is live like she did.”
The couple’s two-year-old daughter, Indiana, returned to her gravesite to spend a last moment with her.
Earlier this month, Joey died of cervical cancer after a long, public battle. She was 40 years old when she passed away.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 12,042 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012, and 4,074 women died from the illness.
“There’s almost this complacency because most people haven’t heard of someone with cervical cancer,” Lauren Streicher, M.D., an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said, per SELF magazine. “Early detection is quite good if someone gets regular Pap tests.”