"I pray that one morning I just don't wake up," Joey said in an emotionally-charged interview published on Sunday

By Nick Maslow
November 16, 2015 09:10 AM
Courtesy Joey+Rory

There’s no shortage of love around Joey Feek in the final days of her cancer battle.

Now under hospice care, the 40-year-old country singer has been surrounded by family and friends at her childhood home in Alexandria, Indiana. Joey’s Saturday proved especially heartwarming, as her husband Rory shared a sweet family photo showing Joey’s group hug with daughters Heidi and Hopie – Rory’s adult children from a previous relationship – and the couple’s 21-month-old daughter, Indiana.

“Our girls drove up here last night to spend more time with their mom and baby sister,” Rory wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday morning.

Joey, half of the singing duo Joey + Rory with her husband Rory, is coping with an aggressive strain of cervical cancer that spread following multiple surgeries – including a radical hysterectomy – and chemotherapy and radiation treatment after her diagnosis in May 2014.

“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up,” she told Cindy Watts of The Tennessean in what might be her last interview. “But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”

Joey Feek with daughter Indiana
Courtesy Rory Feek

Joey went on to share her reaction to finding out that her cancer was taking hold, saying through tears, “More than anything, I felt like I failed at something. I thought I did everything. But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”