Amber Scott joins Jones & Eden
Amber Scott arrived in Washington on Wednesday to become the new licensed funeral director at Jones & Eden Funeral Home.
While born in Phoenix, Ariz., she was raised in Mediapolis. She said her parents are originally from Burlington and decided to move back so Scott could attend school in Iowa. She graduated from Mediapolis High School and moved on to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Originally majoring in law enforcement, she decided to attend mortuary school at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Ill.
What brings you to Washington?
It was for my family, who is about an hour away from here, and for my boyfriend who is originally from Des Moines and relocated here. He just got a job in the area as well.
Why did you get involved with law enforcement?
When I initially decided to do law enforcement I chose that because I really wanted to help people. I really wanted to help people. I kind of wanted to be more of a detective. I thought it would be a very interesting field to be in. It brings something new to you every day so you are doing new things and working with new people. Usually law enforcement is very community-based as well, which is very important to me.
How did you get into mortuary science?
When I was getting my undergrad I cleaned for a funeral home in Burlington, and while I was doing that I realized that the environment was very peaceful and very calming and I think it is a job that not everyone can do. When I was there cleaning I felt at home there. So, I decided to explore the possibility of being a funeral director. When I went to school for it, I again just felt as if it was right and just continued with funeral directing.
What is it about being a funeral director that really connects with you?
The way that funeral directors help people, I think, is unique. You are there for them at a time that is probably their worst time. Watching the funeral directors in Burlington work, it just kind of amazed me at how well they comforted people. Even just giving direction, it amazed me at how much comfort they brought to people. I have always wanted to help people, which is why I studied law enforcement, but this was kind of a different avenue. I think it was more fitting for me.
What do you think of Washington so far?
So far I really enjoy Washington. Everyone has been extremely nice and welcoming. I explored the square on my first lunch hour. I ate at Dino’s Pizza. It was delicious and they were very nice there. Hopefully I can get out and explore more of Washington.
Tell me something about being a funeral director that most people don’t know.
I think probably coming from having been a funeral director for several years, people don’t grasp the idea that someone isn’t in the funeral home 24/7. It’s not that we aren’t available, but it is a job where you have to be very flexible and any time someone needs you, you are there — even if it is Christmas time. If it is a weekend, you are still there for them. I think a lot of people don’t know that about funeral directors.
What are your goals while you are here?
I would really like to become very familiar with the community. I watch Marty (Beenblossom) work and it is fascinating how well he knows everyone. Even when I am getting food they know him. I think that is really admirable. I think my first step here in Washington is to get to know the community. It seems like everyone works together here and I hope to become part of that. Later on I just want to become the best asset I can be in this community as far as being a funeral director goes. I think that I have a lot to offer and I hope that I can help everyone out.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love spending time with my family, which is one reason I am so happy to be close. I have two nephews and love spending time with them. I love to run. I am big on going out to movies, to comedy shows and to restaurants. I love trying new food.
What are your goals for the future?
Hopefully I am still in the area and close to family. I definitely want to be funeral directing — maybe eventually working into owning my own funeral home. I would like to do that someday. I just have to get the business aspect of that down. I see myself progressing but still doing the same thing.