Krewe de Classique Presents Homecoming
Krewe de Classique, founded in 1987, celebrated their 32nd Ball on January 26 at the Habibi Temple. Their theme was “Homecoming.”
Five Debutantes and one Beau were presented: Lauryn D. Sweet, Ayauna August, Ma’katlynn Atlow, Tia Arvie, Ke’ Aura Webb, and Emile Frank Price, Jr.
After a brief history of the Krewe and Mardi Gras, Captain and Consort Dr. and Mrs. Karlnelius (Jasmine Duhon) led the festivities. The newlyweds are both lifelong natives of Lake Charles and parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jasmine attended McNeese State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is a clinical case manager at SWLA Center for Health Services and does hypertension research for Tulane University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, photography, traveling, and working out. Dr. Duhon graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. He practices family dentistry at Acadian Dental and SWLA Center for Health Services. An avid Saints fan, he enjoys traveling and outdoor cooking.
The Greek Duchess of Pearls was Ms. Betty Simon. Betty has been a member of Krewe de Classique for approximately 20 years and a member of the Royal Court three times. She belongs to St. Henry Catholic Church where she sings in the 8 a.m. Mass choir. Duchess Betty is the Grand lady for St. Henry Ladies Auxiliary 168 and Faith Nav. for Chapter 6 Blessed Katherine Drexel at Sacred Heart Church. She is employed by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Dept., Burton Complex, and the City of Lake Charles.
The Greek Duchess of Diamonds was Ms. Linda Carrier. Linda has been a member of Krewe de Classique for 25 years and served on the Royal Court six times, including Queen in 2002. A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Duchess Linda was employed at PPG for 37 years as a chemical process operator, supervisor, and a buyer’s assistant. She is the owner of Ultimate Embroidery and loves to volunteer at senior centers and at her grandchildren’s school. Most of all, she loves being RETIRED.
The Duke and Duchess of the Grid Iron were Ms. Bernice Zachery and Mr. Ronald Atlow. A native of Mossville, Bernice is a member of New Life Apostolic church and has been an active member of Krewe de Classique for the past 24 years. She is also a member of Krewe de Charlie Sioux, and travels to Sioux City, Iowa in July each year for their Mardi Gras festivities. Duchess Bernice was employed at Georgia Gulf as a chemical plant operator for nearly 20 years and is now a full-time mom. She enjoys making all kinds of crafts such as T-shirts, cups, and woodworking. Bernice is the family historian and she has traced her ancestry all the way back to the 1800s.
Duke Ronald Atlow attended Johnson Junior College in Prentice, Mississippi before enlisting in the US Army. He retired in 1989 after 21 ½ years of service. During his tenure, Duke Ronald served in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany as a company clerk, helicopter mechanic, combat door gunner, and crew chief. Upon his return from the war zone, he reached the rank of Sergeant First Class. His positions included personnel center supervisor and three years as a US Army recruiter. Ronald recently retired after 29 years as an over-the-road trucker. He enjoys his horse, fishing with his grandson Kingston and helping his granddaughter Kay with her show pigs.
Queen Classique 32 was Mrs. Sandra Guidry-Morris. A member of Krewe de Classique from the very beginning, she has been married to Stafford Morris for 16 years. Queen Sandra is the mother of Dr. Anya Miller, who is also a Krewe member, and grandmother of four granddaughters; Cassandra, Christian, Camille and Cameo. Sandra is retired from the Department of Defense after 37 years working in various locations and positions as a contract price/cost analyst or senior auditor. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and hopes everyone had a safe and enjoyable Mardi Gras season. “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”
After the presentation, all Krewe members welcomed their guests and led them in the Homecoming Parade to begin the party.