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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

The first thing you notice when you talk to Lola and Emil "Shorty” Huber is that they have a lot going on — including church activities, their children, art, real estate deals and more.

"For an 80-year-old and a 77-year-old, we're pretty busy,” Lola Huber said when trying to find time to schedule a phone interview.

The second thing you notice is that the couple, who have been married for 58 years as of last month, are quick to inject compliments about the other person into the conversation as often as possible.

"He's a good artist,” Lola said as Shorty told about a "chalk talk” — Bible stories told with chalk illustrations — that he had just given to children participating in vacation Bible school at North MacArthur Church of Christ.

"She's a great teacher,” Shorty said of Lola as she talked about her children and teaching at church schools over the years.

The respect they show each other, as well as their varied interests, might not be their first answers to the question about what makes a good marriage, but those factors are certainly underlying a relationship that's been filled with laughter through the years.

"We're just loaded with good memories,” Shorty said.

Among the first jokes they shared were the ones about their height difference — Lola stands less than 5 feet tall, and "Shorty” is 6 feet, 2 inches tall. While they dated, her uncles would push a stool out the front door so she could kiss him good night.

She used to have to run to keep up with him; now she jokes that she's been faster for the past few years since she started using a wheelchair and can roll everywhere.

"She took care of me the first 40 years or so, and now it's my turn,” Shorty said.

However, Lola quickly points out that he always helped her out around the house while their daughters were growing up. The oldest, Susan, is now 57; Carol, 56; and Lola Lee, 53. The Hubers also have six grandsons, one granddaughter, three great-grandchildren and another great-grandchild expected this month.

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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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