Before the break of dawn on Thursday morning, nearly a dozen friends and neighbors from Tennessee boarded Joey+Rory’s tour bus and traveled to Indiana to tell Joey goodbye. Among those friends was their faithful bus driver, a neighbor lady who had taught Joey to quilt, the cowboy who taught Joey to rope, and the duo’s farmhand, Thomas Travioli.
Thomas had come to not only say goodbye, but to deliver something he had made for Joey per her request.
“A rough-cut wooden box with a cross on it was placed beneath the bay of the bus and brought up here because that’s what Joey wants. ‘Thomas to make my box…simple, from wood at the farm,’ she said. ‘And find a good spot in the family cemetery in the field behind our house, where we put your mama’s ashes last year…with room enough beside my headstone for you to join me someday…in God’s time.’”
The group stayed for hours with each taking turns spending time with Joey. When the visit drew to a close, Joey made her way to the couch where she told them all one final goodbye. She also shared her hope of being around at Christmas and to celebrate her daughter’s 2nd birthday in February.
“Joey’s hope never fades. No amount of pain or medicine can touch it. It runs too deep. It’s connected to her faith in God. And as she will tell you, God can do anything,” penned Rory.