Joey Feek’s Family Preparing To Honor One Of Her Final Wishes

Angela Talley

If you have followed the story of Joey and Rory Feek, you know that one of the most important things in Joey’s life was taking care of her family. One way she did that was through her garden. 

Exactly one month before Joey’s death, Rory wrote about Joey’s love for spring and a love for her garden that had her planning months ahead of time. 

“Back home in Tennessee, [Joey] plants a big garden every spring behind our farmhouse. By mid-January each year, she’s ordering seeds online or going to the Farmers Coop to stock-pile some of her favorites. She’ll spend hours looking through catalogs and searching online for just the right ones.

Some seeds she will plant directly in the garden in late March or April, but some she likes to start early, inside the house.”

This year was no exception. Even though she was near the end of her cancer fight, Joey Feek took the time to plant seeds from her hospice bed in Indiana in hopes that her family would carry the plants back to her garden on the couple’s beloved Tennessee farm. 

In a photo posted today, Rory shared that the family is fulfilling Joey’s wishes as they prepare her garden for spring planting. 


…Indy w her big sister Hopie in Joey’s garden – getting the soil ready to start planting.

Posted by Joey+Rory on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

In February, Rory promised to take what he had learned about gardening from Joey in her final months and honor her wishes for her garden to be tended to.

“And I will keep the garden going. Joey’s garden. And I’m sure in time, I will learn to love it too. Because she loved it. And part of her will be with us… in every seed we plant, and every vegetable we harvest … and every bite we take.”

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