VIA| Joey Martin Feek has died at age 40 after a courageous battle with cancer. The news comes just two weeks after fulfilling her dream of seeing her daughter turn two.

Rory, Joey’s husband, recently shared that her pain had become worse and her health had rapidly declined. After their daughter’s birthday, Joey decided it was time to stop fighting. She said her goodbyes to her family, and shared some final words with each of them before falling asleep. Joey passed away peacefully surrounded by her family around 2:30 this afternoon (March 4).

Rory shared the news on his blog, This Life I Live. “…as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.”

Rory continues, “Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy. There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try. “When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over.

You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier.” Rory closed the blog post by saying that he and his daughters will be heading back to their Tennessee farm where Joey will be laid to rest.