Local author holds book signing at funeral home
‘The Digger’s Daughter’ details humorous stories about family’s funeral home business
Posey Moore Nash, the author who wrote “The Digger’s Daughter” held a book signing at Hampton Funeral Home Saturday, May 5.
Her family has been in the funeral home business for a century in The Valley and her book is about the history and humor about the family business, Nash said.
“Nothing macabre,” she said. “Just some of the funny stories that happened.”
Hampton Funeral Home owner Henry Clarence “Butch” Hampton Jr. did his apprenticeship at her family’s funeral home too, Nash said.
Some of the stories relate to her grandfather who was a pilot and is now in the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, Nash said. Unable to get in the military, he taught British fighter pilots how to fly and after the war put his plane to work as an air ambulance, she said. When cremation became popular it was used to scatter ashes, Nash said.
One of the humorous stories is called “Not Ready to Wear,” and involves suits worn by those without fancy dress way back when, she said. There used to be backless suits which didn’t have to fit very well, Nash said. The pants hit mid-calf, it was tied with a drawstring, the shirt had short sleeves and the tie was a clip-on, Nash said. Her father and a developer had a contest about who could out dress the other and it came to a head at a dinner party, she said.
“This guy was in the cruddiest looking outfit my dad had ever seen and the man turned around and smiled and said ‘gotcha,” Nash said. “He had gone to the mortuary, unbeknownst to my dad, and bought a backless suit and wore it to my parent’s dinner party.”
The idea to do the book came after moving to Prescott four years ago and took a writing class at Yavapai College, she said. The teacher had said if stories aren’t written down, the only person the writer is entertaining is themselves, Nash said.
She self-published and though it’s not great literature, it’s a combination of humor and history of the family business, she said. There’s illustrations of what it looked like that were hand done by an advertising agency, Nash said.
“I’m so glad I still have it because the building no longer exists,” she said. “But it really gives you an idea of the feel of the funeral home and how it operated.”
“The Digger’s Daughter” can be found on Amazon at www.amazon.com/Diggers-Daughter-Posey-Moore-Nash/dp/0999590103.