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The Court: Veiled Prophet Ball 2017

The queen’s supper, held Dec. 22 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, was a joyful occasion for the friends and families of the 62 young women of the Court of Love and Beauty. In this, the 133rd Veiled Prophet Ball, the following were named Queen Corinne Marie Condie’s Special Maids: Miss Kathryn Danforth Barnes, Miss Mary Bridgewater Condie, Miss Alice Condie Christopher, Miss Lillian Grace Thiemann, Miss Meredith Carol Wright and Miss Katherine McKittrick Johnston.

vp queen: corinne marie condie 
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parker B. Condie Jr., Corinne graduated with honors from John Burroughs School. She is studying health and human biology and is a member of the varsity field hockey team at her university. She enjoys traveling and volunteering, and has done service projects locally with AIM High St. Louis, Beyond Housing, Food Outreach, Forest Park Forever and St. Philippine Shelter, among others. She is an avid fly fisherman and hunter as well. Her aunt, Josephine Finney, was a VP Queen, and two other aunts, Catherine Holland and Margot Watters, were Special Maids.

sixth special maid: kathryn danforth barnes 


A graduate of MICDS, Kathryn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LeForgee Barnes. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority and is studying strategic communications. Kathryn is involved with Children’s Miracle Network, and she volunteered extensively with the National Charity League. Many family members have been on the Court dating back to 1902, including her mother, Laura (Danforth) Barnes, a Special Maid, and her grandmother, Julia Terry Barnes, a former VP Queen.

fifth special maid: mary bridgewater condie 

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Condie, Mary is a graduate of MICDS and is majoring in American studies with a minor in history. She has received numerous accolades as a field hockey player and has been involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action. She helped with the VP Parade, Sunshine Ministries and St. Philippine Shelter among others. Mary is related to many former Special Maids and former VP Queen Josephine Finney.

fourth special maid: alice condie christopher


Alice is majoring in neuroscience (pre-med) and plays field hockey at her university, where she made Academic Honor Roll. A graduate of Villa Duchesne, she is the daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Christopher. She has volunteered with the Head Start program, City Academy, Operation Sunscreen and more, and traveled to Costa Rica for two service trips. Both her mother, Alice (Behan) Christopher, and her grandmother, Alice Busch Condie, were VP Queens.

third special maid: lillian grace thiemann 


A graduate of MICDS, Lillian is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Thiemann. She is majoring in business with a minor in English. Lillian was a four-year varsity starter on her high school field hockey and lacrosse teams and was a three-time State Champion in both sports. She was a member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Youth Council and has volunteered for many other causes.

second special maid: meredith carol wright 


A dual major in journalism and German, Meredith attended Kirkwood High School, where she achieved numerous academic honors. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Wright, she was selected as one of Omicron Delta Kappa’s 14 Distinguished Freshmen at her university. She loves music, literature and travel and has volunteered with Motion for Kids, Food Outreach and more. Her sister, Claire H. Wright, was a Maid of Honor in 2013.

first special maid: katherine mckittrick johnston 


The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven T. Johnston, Katherine loves volunteering and traveling. A graduate of John Burroughs School, she is majoring in corporate communications and public affairs. Her volunteer efforts include the National Charity League and the art therapy program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her grandmother, Sally Johnston, and her aunt were VP Queens, and her cousin was a Special Maid.

Pictured at top: VP Queen Corinne Marie Condie and her father, Parker B. Condie Jr.
Photos: Thomas Warwick

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