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Husband and wife crowned Valentine King and Queen

  • GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Darlene and Donald Graver of Lehighton were the first married couple to become the Lehighton Senior Center's King and Queen of Hearts.
    GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Darlene and Donald Graver of Lehighton were the first married couple to become the Lehighton Senior Center's King and Queen of Hearts.
Published February 15. 2013 05:03PM

A Lehighton couple who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary was named the King and Queen of Hearts at the Lehighton Senior Center Valentine party held Thursday at the Lehighton Rec Center.

Darlene and Donald Graver were married on Dec. 21, 1962. They met in high school and married while Donald was serving in the U.S. Navy.

"He pursued me," she said, although he joked that was wrong.

"She chased me," he said. The couple noted that is Donald's personality to joke around.

Darlene said Donald proposed by telephone while he was stationed in Puerto Rico.

"He hasn't lost his sense of humor, despite health issues," she said.

As to their recipe for a long marriage, "He was gone a lot in the Navy in the beginning," Darlene said.

Darlene was a sewing machine operator, and Donald was a welder.

They raised three children, Lori Greene, Donna Miller, and Donald Graver.

"We're in love," said Donald, as he held his wife's hand and kissed it again.

They were each given a heart-shaped box of candy; Darlene was given a chocolate rose, and Donald, a mug.

They were then serenaded by a barbershop quartet, which sang such favorites as "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "Honey, that I Love."

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