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Busy couple still laughing, going strong after 58 years of marriage

Lola and "Shorty” Huber are featured as one of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's "inspiring couples.”

BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN Modified: October 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm •  Published: July 11, 2010

One of their daughters tells the story about how she was one correspondence course short of finishing her college degree to become a registered nurse when her father mailed her a false obituary about herself. The obituary talked about how she was a wonderful girl but was sorry she never took the one chemistry course and didn't get to be a nurse.

"It kind of made her mad, but then she started laughing and got it done,” Shorty said.

They also have fond memories of camping trips through the years and family get-togethers for birthdays and other celebrations.

Shorty retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1983 after a career that took him from Kansas City, Mo., to Oklahoma City, although both Hubers are originally from Texas.

Shorty Huber now sells real estate in Oklahoma City; for every house he sells, he paints a watercolor landscape of it for the new owners and gives it to them.

The two find it easy to rattle off a list of things that have made their marriage work over the years.

"We both love God; we go by His teaching, and we try to go by the teachings that Christ gave,” Lola said. "I always say 'please' and 'thank you,' and he does, too. You ought to be nice to the people you love.”

"We always think we ought to work out the problems instead of letting them fester,” Shorty said, adding with a laugh, "You know, whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.”

Let go of the past and try to laugh, Lola said. Shorty then pointed out that both of them are patient with each other.

"We're not really too critical,” he said. "A lot of times, things irritate you, and you're better off keeping them to yourself. In the grand scheme of things, they're really not important.”

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Lola and Emil "Shorty” Huber are featured in the "Oklahoma's Most Inspiring Couples” 2010 calendar, sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. Couples featured in the calendar are being profiled in The Oklahoman's Life section each month. For more information about the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's inspiring couples, go online to

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