21 debutantes to be introduced at BR Assembly tea

The Baton Rouge Assembly will present 21 debutantes Nov. 28 at its annual ball at the Baton Rouge River Center. The debutantes will be introduced to wives of Assembly members and their guests at a tea Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Country Club.

The 2014 debutantes are Jane Cameron Barney, daughter of Jane Hebert Barney and Scott Cameron Barney; Mary Katherine Bernard, daughter of Ann Bahlinger Bernard and Floyd Thomas Bernard Jr.; Kathleen McCraney Brown, daughter of Kate McCraney Brown and John Terrell Brown Jr.; Caroline Blakeley Cordell, daughter of Holli Blakeley Cordell and Robert Vaughan Montague Cordell III; Elizabeth Brady Countryman, daughter of Shannon Casey Countryman and Clay James Countryman; Lauren Nadine Dabadie, daughter of Rachel Netterville Dabadie and Joseph Charles Dabadie III; Rainey Elizabeth Gerald, daughter of Meg Richards Gerald and Donald Francis Gerald Jr.; Charlotte Washburn Gladney, daughter of Pamela Ray Gladney and Charles Wallace Gladney Jr.; Mary Katherine Freeman Koch, daughter of Lisa Freeman Guidry and Burton Paul Guidry and K.J. Koch; Susannah Lee LeBlanc, daughter of Terri Blackwell LeBlanc and William Conway LeBlanc; Taylor Katherine LeBlanc, daughter of Teri Ebinger Le-Blanc and Gordon Simon Le-Blanc Jr.; Lauren Gray Martin, daughter of Janie Gilbert Ward Martin and Richard Michael Lauve, both of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and David Keith Martin; Mary Gail McCowan, daughter of Autumn Wilty McCowan and Charles Simon McCowan III; Lauren Nicole McKowen, daughter of Erin Frisbie McKowen and John Griffith McKowen Jr.; Mae Amanda Murrell, daughter of Charlotte Ferguson Murrell and George Abaunza Murrell, of Sunshine; Gwendolyn Ann Peek, daughter of Gwendolyn Angele LeBlanc Peek and Robert Sherwood Peek Jr.; Allison Claire Poché, daughter of Shannon Cook Poché and James Alexander Poché III; Elise Frances Richard, daughter of Virginia Smith Richard and Patrick Ragan Richard; Anna Marie Singletary, daughter of Kimberly Wise Singletary and Scott Davis Singletary; Austen Siebert Turner, daughter of Sari Laborde Turner and Thomas Holmes Turner; Mary Caroline Vinning, daughter of Cindy Albares Vinning and C. Lance Vinning.

Jane Cameron Barney is the granddaughter of Mary Jane Hebert and Paul M. Hebert Jr. and James G. Lipscomb Sr. and Ann d’Aquin Barney and Gordon Barney. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society. Her mother was presented by the Assembly in 1982.

Mary Katherine Bernard is the granddaughter of Betty Klein Bahlinger and Marion John Bahlinger and the late Rubye Beale Bernard and the late Floyd Thomas Bernard Sr. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends LSU, where she is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her mother was presented by the Assembly in 1978.

Kathleen McCraney Brown is the granddaughter of Jane Owen McCraney and Dr. Ward Thomas McCraney, of Madison, Mississippi, and Mary Kay Collette Brown and John Terrell Brown. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Caroline Blakeley Cordell is the granddaughter of Wanda Rambo Blakeley and Robert Bruce Blakeley and Louise Larriviere Cordell and Robert Vaughn Montague Cordell II, of Lafayette. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends, Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

Elizabeth Brady “Betsy” Countryman is the granddaughter of Katherine Butler Casey and Sen. Thomas Alcade Casey, of New Orleans, and Nancy Nelson Countryman of Tyler, Texas, and the late Charles Millard Countryman. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends LSU, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Lauren Nadine Dabadie is the granddaughter of Evelyn Keller Netterville, of Baton Rouge, and Carroll Wayne Netterville, of Clinton, and Joseph Charles Dabadie Jr. and the late Jimmie Ward Dabadie. She is a graduate of University High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Rainey Elizabeth Gerald is the granddaughter of Patricia Walsh Richards and Gene Max Richards and Mary Delle Bogan Gerald and the late Donald Francis Gerald Sr. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

Charlotte Washburn Gladney is the granddaughter of Patricia Roth Ray, of Natchez, Mississippi, and John W. Ray Jr. and Blanche Town Gladney and Charles Wallace Gladney. She is a graduate of University High School and attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she is a member of Chi Omega sorority and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

Mary Katherine Freeman Koch is the granddaughter of Bobby and Marianne Freemen, of Plaquemine, and Robert Koch and the late Margaret Koch. She is a graduate of The Runnels School and attends Tulane University in New Orleans, where she is a member of Phi Mu sorority and the Tulane orchestra.

Susannah Lee LeBlanc is the granddaughter of Ann Woods Adkins and the late Arlen Ray Blackwell and Paul James Le-Blanc and the late Jane Merritt LeBlanc. She is a graduate of The Dunham School and attends Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where she is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Taylor Katherine LeBlanc is the granddaughter of Janice Fay Besson of Frisco, Texas, and Charles D. Ebinger, of Lafayette, and Marion Hart Le- Blanc and the late Gordon Simon LeBlanc. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Lauren Gray Martin is the granddaughter of Joy Gilbert Ward and the late Walter LeRoy Ward III and Sally Ann Rockhold Martin and Dyke Martin. She is a graduate of The Brighton School and attends Baton Rouge Community College. Her mother was presented by the Assembly in 1979.

Mary Gail McCowan is the granddaughter of Helen Gail Powers Wilty, of Missouri City, Texas, and the late Roy Herman Wilty Sr. and Mary Hebert McCowan and Charles Simon McCowan Jr. She is a graduate of University High School and attends the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Mary Gail’s paternal grandmother was presented by the Assembly in 1962 and her paternal grandfather is a past chairman of the Assembly. Her great-grandfather, the late Paul M. Hebert, was a charter member of the Assembly and a past chairman of the Assembly.

Lauren Nicole McKowen is the granddaughter of Elaine Sinast Frisbie and William Parker Frisbie, of Yorktown, Texas, and Marilyn Messer McKowen and John Griffith McKowen, of Jackson. She is a graduate of University High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Chi Omega sorority and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Mae Amanda Murrell is the granddaughter of Edna Ferguson and Audrey James Ferguson, of Natchez, Mississippi, and Derbigny Denis Murrell, of Bayou Goula, and the late Carolyn Abaunza Murrell. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and is a New Century Scholar.

Gwendolyn Ann Peek is the granddaughter of Gwendolyn Williams LeBlanc and James Richard LeBlanc and the late JoAnn Brooks Peek and the late Robert Sherwood Peek. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, where she is a member of Phi Mu sorority.

Allison Claire Poché is the granddaughter of Corinne Hanley Cook and the late Thomas Haywood Cook III and Glynes Westh Poché and Dr. James Alexander Poché Jr. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Elise Frances Richard is the granddaughter of Charlotte Lachicotte, of Baton Rouge, and Courtland Prentice Smith Jr., of Grove, Oklahoma, and Prados Eckert and the late Patrick Richard. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends LSU, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Her mother was presented by the Assembly in 1989.

Anna Marie Singletary is the granddaughter of Leslie Craig Wise, of Preston, Maryland, and the late Linda Sanders Wise and John Noland Singletary Sr. and the late Janice Davis Singletary. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Austen Siebert Turner is the granddaughter of the late Betty Joffrion Laborde and the late Fenwick Paul Laborde and Suzanne Wilbert Turner and the late Bert Silger Turner. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends the University of Georgia in Athens, where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Mary Caroline Vinning is the granddaughter of Gerald Joseph Albares and the late Barbara Landry Albares and Alma Rushing Vinning and Carol John Vinning, of Patterson. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends LSU, where she is a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

The Baton Rouge Assembly was formed in 1961 by a group of Baton Rouge men who had grown up together when the city was just a small town. The founders realized that as the city grew rapidly after World War II, old friends were losing contact with each other. Because they wanted their children to know one another, they established the Baton Rouge Assembly as an organization to provide social contact with the common thread being family residence in the area prior to 1910.

John Kelly Fahrmann is this year’s Assembly chairman. Scott Joseph Folse is the assistant chairman, John Michael Selser Sr. is the ball chairman and Dr. Otto Christian Hall is the assistant ball chairman.