She’s still with him.
Rory Feek posted a touching tribute to his late wife, Joey Feek, on the one-year anniversary of her death. On Saturday, March 4, he took to Instagram to share a series of three photos that celebrated her memory since she passed away at 40 years old last year after losing her battle with stage IV cervical cancer.
The first photo featured Joey with Rory’s daughters Heidi Feek and Hopie Feek from a previous marriage, and Joey and Rory’s three-year-old daughter Indiana.
“Remembering you,” the 51-year-old wrote in the caption.
“Missing you,” he captioned the next photo of Joey’s grave in the backyard of the couple’s farm in Tennessee, and wrote, “Loving you” in the caption of a photo of the couple taken before Joey’s diagnosis.
The couple was best known as the husband-and-wife country music duo Joey + Rory, and they released their last album Hymns That Are Important to Us last Valentine’s Day. That record went on to win the Best Roots Gospel Album award during the 2017 Grammy Awards last month. Rory honored one of Joey’s last wishes and accepted the award in person on behalf of himself and his wife during this year’s ceremony.
Rory has kept his wife’s memory alive with his blog This Life I Live — which he turned into a book — and he documented his daughter Indiana’s third birthday on March 2, which is the little girl’s first birthday without her mom. He revealed that he gifted his toddler — who was born with Down Syndrome — with a restored piano that was originally built in 1926 because he said it was Joey and Rory’s wish that little Indy grows up with a love for music and learns to play an instrument.
“Yes, Indiana's birthday was wonderful, but we were all also a little sad... missing Joey,” he wrote in his blog post. “Wishing she could be here with us. But like always, in our hearts, we felt like she was. That she was celebrating and singing along and dancing with all of us.”