Rachel Delaina Edge Peeks

Our beautiful loved one, Rachel Delaina Edge Peeks, passed away March 1st, 2017 following a long and brave battle with bipolar disorder.  Rachel was born August 5th, 1986 in Birmingham, Alabama.  From the time she was a little girl, Rachel was known for her big hair and even bigger personality.  She loved any opportunity to dance and “starred” in many impromptu car-seat concerts. She could make anyone smile and was known to make her mom laugh until she cried with her witty, en-pointe impressions. Rachel graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2004.  She attended both Auburn University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.   She enjoyed taking dance classes from age four to age eighteen. Eventually this passion led her to teach dance.   In 2009 she met the love of her life, Brad Peeks whom she married in 2013.  Her greatest joy came on July 5th, 2013 with the birth of her beautiful daughter, Palmer.  She adored motherhood and loved her daughter endlessly.   She was a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, friend and so much more. Her beloved maternal great-grandmother, “Ninny” Dimple Palmer Taylor, her cousin Jordan Cline Nelson, and her maternal grandfather, Robert Mitchell Abercrombie, precede her in death.  She is survived by her husband Brad Peeks; her daughter, Palmer Grace; her parents, Richard and Margo Edge; her siblings Kimberlynn Bush (Ben) and Richard Edge Junior; her grandparents Cecil and Juanita Edge, Diana Abercrombie, and David and Shirley Nelson; her in-laws Wendy Peeks and Ken Peeks; her siblings-in law Shawn Nicol (Daniel)  and John Peeks(Rachel); her niece and nephew Avery and Luke Nicol; her aunt Bonnie Wilson(Beau), her uncles Stephen Nelson(A.J.) and Landon Nelson(Maggie), her best friend Ryan Morton; and several cousins. On Sunday, March 5th, family will receive visitors at Indian Springs First Baptist Church at 1:00PM followed by a celebration of her life at 2:00 PM. Rachel was a true light to those who knew her and was loved by countless people.  She fought hard to keep the darkness of depression away, but ultimately succumbed to her suffering.   She is now safe in the arms of her Savior.  Her family asks that we use this painful time to start the conversation about mental illness and the vibrant souls it too often burdens.   If you would like to honor her life, flowers may be sent to Indian Springs First Baptist Church 3375 Cahaba Valley Road Indian Springs, Alabama 35124 or donations may be sent to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).  Charter Funeral Home is directing.


  1. Tina mcfarland on March 4, 2017 at 11:01 am

    So sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you all and may you find peace with the lord God and know this beautiful Gem person is in heaven talking to God she is full of joy and happyness this is a celebration of a beautiful Gem going home . keep her close to your hearts and you shin because of her . remember God will help you just ask Him love and peace shine over all you

  2. Christeena Lynch on March 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Ben, I am so sorry to hear about your loss… please know my family and I are praying for you and your sweet family…⚘

  3. Vicki Maddox on March 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    So, so sorry for her suffering and now for the loved ones she left behind. Please understand that this wasn’t about you. Please trust God for healing.

  4. Betty Lou Short on March 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    My heart is breaking for you in the loss of Rachel.
    Keep in mine that she is at peace now
    My love to you all

    Betty Lou

  5. Joe Stork on March 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I knew Brad and his family when one of my boys played football and baseball with him. I am so sorry for your loss. If you ask God, he will grant you the peace that surpasses all understanding.

  6. Kelley Nelson Gibbs on March 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    My heart is with you. She is at peace in the arms of God now. What a reunion there was in heaven and what a day that will be when we see her again.

  7. Kathy Evans Carden on March 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    My son, JD Carden is a friend of Brad’s. I never met Rachael but I can only imagine the pain your family is going through. Mental Illness can be such a hard hard place to walk in. It affects so many lives and unless you have walked the path you really can not imagine the devastation it can be. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this sorrow. May God’s presence, through the Holy Spirit, bring you comfort. Kathy Evans Carden

  8. Jena Bowen on March 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    How truly saddened we are at such a loss! Living next door to, and learning to love you all through the years has been a blessing, and we join you all now in sorrow. Know that we are lifting you all up in prayer! With Roy’s sudden illness, we cannot attend the service- but we are there in spirit. Love, The Bowen Family

  9. Susan Ashbee on March 4, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I, along with the young women in Kimberlynn’s Bible study group are praying for Rachel’s entire family. Our love is with you, Kimberlynn. Love in Chist, Susan Ashbee

  10. Marie Mastroianni on March 5, 2017 at 9:23 am

    So sorry Margo and family, This is a hard time for you all, give yourselves time to heal you heart. Find comfort in that she has no more pain and is in a wonderful place with God.

  11. Judy Dewberry on March 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Rick & Margo – I am so very sorry to hear about Rachel. I don’t know her husband nor her daughter, but I send my condolences to them & the rest of your family as well. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you as you work your way through this. Thinking of you.

  12. Janice Hamilton on March 5, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I am devastated from the news I received yesterday about your baby Rachael. I don’t know what to say except Don and I are so heartbroken ? for you and your family. Please know we will be praying daily for peace and understanding for you.

  13. Tracy Pool on March 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Edge and Peeks families,

    I am praying for your peace and comfort during this time and in the future. May God wrap his loving arms around you.

    Tracy (Henderson) Pool

  14. Barbara Aldred on March 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May God embrace you during this difficult time.

  15. Ken and Donna McElroy on March 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Rick, our hearts go out to you and Margo with this loss. Thinking of you.

  16. D Clarke Skelton on March 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Praying for all the family.

  17. Cheryl Byars on March 8, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Dear Richard and Family, May The Lord our Savior heal your hearts and provide for all your needs now and always. I appreciate your transparency about depression (I too have family members battling this mental illness.) My heart and prayers are with you!

  18. Richardson Family on March 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family. Although we didnt know Rachel personally, we know that the loss of a dear one can bring much grief and agony. During our times of extreme grief we like to reflect on the comforting words of the Bible. Our Heavenly Father gives us the promise of a resurrection (John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15) and the end of death and suffering (Revelation 21:3, 4). These scriptures brought much comfort to us and we pray that they bring a measure of comfort to your family.

  19. Kelly Lambert on October 21, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Rachel, I am sorry I just found this out. I love you honey it’s watch over me and I’ll see you again on the other side.

  20. B (Gleason) Theriault on August 5, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Dear Rick and Margo,
    Much love and peace to you and your family. I will have you all in my prayers. I remember your beautiful, precious daughter when she was 4 years old when Margo and I worked together the early 1990’s. Margo you always kept me laughing.