Carrie Huke, 23, wanted to sell newspaper advertising to Gregg Hibbeler at Worlds of Fun. She’d left several messages, but he hadn’t called her back.
It was May 1989, and this was Carrie’s first real job. She was determined to be successful. Finally she connected with Gregg.
Carrie: “I thought Gregg would be a gray-haired old man, but he was very handsome. I was a little tongue-tied at first.”
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Gregg: “I was impressed with her professionalism. Carrie was quite attractive, and I wanted to see her again.”
The unfolding: Gregg found excuses to have Carrie come by his office to pick up a check or review ad copy. He invited her to attend a big corporate event at the amusement park and gave her a VIP tour. Carrie had a wonderful time.
Gradually they began dating. Gregg enjoyed Carrie’s outgoing personality and directness. Carrie liked Gregg’s practicality, kindness and his outstanding morals. Their compatibility grew into love.
The proposal and wedding: On Memorial Day weekend in 1992, Gregg surprised Carrie by spiriting her away to the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs. As they strolled over a quaint footbridge, he knelt down and proposed. Carrie was delighted to say yes.
When they walked into the hotel lobby, a man in a tuxedo was waiting to escort them to a private dining area for a romantic dinner.
They were married Oct. 17, 1992, at the Park College chapel in Parkville.
Careers and family: Carrie is community affairs manager for Fox 4 and a board member for the Love Fund for Children, which helps children in need. Carrie and her whole family are involved in giving back to the community through this charity.
Gregg is a marketing consultant and owner of Brand Management Group.
They live in Lake Waukomis and have two children at home and one in college.
Favorite shared activities: The Hibbeler kids are athletic — Gregg has coached soccer, and they are the ultimate soccer mom and dad.
What keeps their relationship strong: Gregg and Carrie’s shared values, and their deep faith help them stay connected. Last year, when their son Nick had cancer, their church community supported them. He is now cancer-free.
“Our family is now so much closer because of those trying times,” Carrie says.
The qualities they most appreciate in each other:
Carrie: “Gregg is my rock. He calms and grounds me. He supports, encourages and praises me.”
Gregg: “When I’m down, she picks me up. We’re truly partners, and I love sharing my life with Carrie.”
Deborah Shouse is a freelance writer. Suggest a Love Story couple by writing to email@example.com.