Longtime Valentines together for 71 years

HARLINGEN — Edgar and Dora Hummert have been married for 71 years, but they say there is no secret to their lasting love.

“You just need a little common sense,” Edgar said.

Looking forward to the day when love and friendship is celebrated, Edgar and Dora, who currently live in Valley View Senior Living, shared some of the memories from their decades-long marriage.

According to Dora, they met a few years before they started dating.

Edgar was in the military and was in service. They lived in a small town in Illinois but later moved to Fayetteville, Illinois.

“The first time I saw him I didn’t know who he was. In a small town you know everybody, but I didn’t know him,” she said.

“I told my mom I just saw someone who I am going to marry some day, but he didn’t even know who I was,” Dora said.

Later on they were both at the same dance at the same time.

“Another boy was going to take me home that night but he said he didn’t want me to go home with him and

(Edgar) took me home,” she said.

Edgar said he did not remember.

Dora is 88 and Edgar is 94, but when they got married, she was 17 and he was 23.

For a while, they did not talk to each other for a couple of months according to Dora.

After two years of being together, Dora graduated high school in May, and they got married in November.

They have five daughters.

“Don’t you feel sorry for me?” Edgar joked.

According to his daughters, Janet Garza and Jean Miller, their father is very spoiled by them.

The couple moved to Harlingen in 1960. Dora said she hated it for the first five years.

“I didn’t know anybody, kids were in school and he was working. Our families always got together, it was hard for me,” she said.

Edgar found a job with an air-conditioning company.

According to Dora, he hated cool weather. The job was a great fit for him because air conditioning is a year-round job in the Valley.

Dora was a secretary for the Harlingen Country Club, where she wrote in the shorthand technique. She also worked at Commemorative Air Force and Marine Military Academy.

Dora said her husband loves living in the Valley.

“If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.

Dora and Edgar have been together a long time, but Dora said she doesn’t think it has been that long or that there is a key to a long marriage.

“You just have to have a sense of humor. Don’t sweat the little things and count your blessings,” she said.

According to her, they never really argue.

“There was no reason to argue because I knew I was going to lose,” Edgar said.

Daughters Janet and Jean said they always supported each other and backed each other up when one daughter was in trouble.

“They agreed on everything, if we got in trouble with mom we knew dad was going to hear about it,” Jean said.

Janet said family has always been very important to them.

“One thing we always stressed was we all had to be together for dinner in the evening,” Dora said.

“We’ve had our ups and downs but God has been with us every step of the way,” she said.

As for Valentine’s Day, Dora said she did not remember a special gift or date but said Edgar always surprised her on regular days.

“When he bought me something it was never on a holiday. If he’d want to give it to me he would just do it, just because,” she said.

“If you want something for somebody you don’t wait for a holiday. You just give it to them,” he said.

Dora pulled out a figurine of a couple that Edgar gifted her a long time ago. It said, “It’s beautiful when we are together.”

“If I could I probably would do it all over again,” Dora said, referring to her marriage.

Edgar did not have as many suggestions to a lasting marriage other than having a little common sense, and one more thing.

“I learned a long time ago to keep my mouth shut,” he joked.