Country music has lost one of its talented female artists when Joey Feek, one half of the duo Joey + Rory, died on March 4, 2016. Today marks the third death anniversary of the singer and certainly, her fans missed her as much as her loved ones do. Joey, who was 40 at that time, succumbed to cervical cancer after months of battle. Her cancer was first diagnosed in May 2014. At that time, Joey has just given birth to their daughter, Indiana.

Joey Feek, Rory Feek, Joey + Rory, Death Anniversary

Joey Feek | Photo credit: Rory Feek Official Facebook Page

Months prior to her death, her husband and musical partner Rory Feek began sharing a series of emotional posts on social media regarding her battle with the disease. This earned sympathy and more support from the netizens, in addition to her strong followers comprising mainly of country music enthusiasts. Joey died in the afternoon of March 4 in the presence of her family and loved ones. Rory wrote an emotional post on his blog about his wife’s death.

“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone. The pain has ceased. And all her tears are dry.” 

Rory also added a clip on his blog which included one of their last special moments together. The video also features the country music superstar Dolly Parton who was Joey’s idol. Parton gives Joey a special message which turned the latter quite emotional after watching:

“I just think that you’re wonderful, and I know God’s proud of you.” 

Joey Feek and Rory Feek

Joey and Rory got married on June 15, 2002. They formed a country music duo and named it “Joey + Rory” after their first names. Their musical partnership was born after a duet performance at the country music reality show “Can You Duet.” Rory gave a short but impactful explanation for their name:

“Because that’s what it actually was. You + Me = whatever this is going to be,” he said.

Throughout their musical partnership, the couple was able to produce seven studio albums. Their final project was Hymns That Are Important To Us which was released in February 2016. The pair also received their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in December 2015.

Joey + Rory, Joey Feek, Rory Feek, Death Anniversary

Photo credit: Rory Feek Official Facebook Page

Since Joey’s death, Rory was left with the responsibility of rearing their daughter Indiana who is now five years old.