ALEXANDRIA, Ind. -- Country music singer Joey Martin Feek returned home to Alexandria this week to live out her final days.
The small Madison County community has fond memories of Feek, dating back to her days performing at the local 4-H fair.
"She's a hometown girl," said Alexandria resident Lindsey Conuneo. "She's got an unforgettable voice. When you hear it you know it's her."
When Feek's husband Rory wrote a blog post requesting prayers, hundreds lined downtown Alexandria to ask for a miracle.
Gospel singer Bill Gaither says he's known Feek's family since he taught her parents in elementary school.
"This is tough, but the amazing grace that we've sang about for years is going to get us through this tough time," Gaither said. "And when you see that worked out at that level, it makes you a believer."
In one of his latest posts, Rory Feek says God answered their prayers – just not with the answer they'd hoped for:
We prayed. We all prayed.
At 4 am on Friday morning we rushed Joey to the hospital in Muncie. Her pain had become too much to bare. A few hours later the doctors told us that the pain was from the cancer tumors continuing to grow and become inflamed and we need to concentrate now on helping her be comfortable.
Not the answer we hoped for… but the answer He has given us.
After a series of different medications that didn’t seem to touch the pain – heavy doses of morphine brought Joey sweet relief.
I spent the night in the hospital with her last night. Today we are planning to bring her home.
The last couple of mornings, I’ve brought Indiana up here to spend time with her mama. Both of their eyes light up the moment they see each other.
It’s been beautiful.
Like the message of so many of the songs they sing, the duo says they’re at peace with God's will.
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