LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - "Stand up if you've been married more than 70 years," said the emcee at the Valentine's Day Banquet hosted by Plains Capital Bank on the Carillon Campus. A.W. and Virginia Lott give new meaning to everlasting love, they were the only couple in the room left standing. Crowned for the longest marriage, 73 years and counting.
"How do we do it? Our faith in God I think keeps us together and keeps us going. When we have problems we take it to him," says Virginia Lott. Virginia met A.W. in 1933 at Lorenzo High School and they married two years later. The couple got married on A.W.'s 20th birthday. Virginia was 19 at the time - now she's 92 years old - right behind A.W. at 93 years old. The secret to these sweethearts's success? Compromise. "This compromise business, tell all the boys they need to learn which way to lean. I gave a little bit more probably than she did," he said laughingly. Virginia adds that he usually does what she wants to do anyway. Mr. Lott says they decided early on that their I-dos were important. "I try to take care of him the best I can," says Mrs. Lott.
Cupid's arrow hit both the young and young at heart Thursday night, as members of Texas Tech fraternity Alpha Phi Omega joined residents for a spin on the dance floor, but some stuck with their lifelong dance partners. "I've asked about five to six old men to dance with me and all they can say is no I've got my dance partner," says Tech student Yvonne Gonzales.
The Lotts have traveled the world, raised three children, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren but say this was an honor they weren't expecting. "We wonder why we're still here. The good Lord has something for us I guess. A reason for us being here," says Virginia Lott.
In all their years together, the Lotts say they are most proud of their family.